3.8 of 5 (5 votes)

Lancaster City Stroll

A leisurely walk (city/town) in Lancashire, England, about 4.70km (2.92 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 1:30h. It is suitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 95m (311ft)
Descent 98m (321ft)
Max. Elevation 110m (360ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 193m (632ft)
Start & End
Lancaster Railway (or bus) Station
Distance 4.70km
Duration ~1:30h
2Created by mac.hawk on 07 Nov 2015
A full days walk in the rather wonderful city of Lancaster taking in all the sites of the local park with it's sublime memorial, the city centres architecture, (free) museum & a couple of churches. Charter (outside) Market days - Wed & Sat - add vibrancy. CFW measures this at 3.5 miles but wandering Williamson Park & the City Centre will easily add double+ that. Take a day in the sun and enjoy!

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Walk Map

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Exit the station and turn left down Meeting House Lane (Tourist Info on the left). At the junction just beyond the Kings Arms Hotel turn right into King Street.
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About 50 yards on the right find Penny Hospital Almshouses, you can visit the courtyard and the Chapel is open at certain times of the year.
About 0.33 km (~0.21 miles) from
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Another 50 yards or so, at the T junction traffic lights turn left and continue into Common Garden Street, which leads ahead into Brock Street, passes the Town Hall and heads into Nelson Street.
About 0.07 km (~0.04 miles) from
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At the junction with East Road reach the Catholic Cathedral of St Peter and stop to visit, unless a service is on you're free to wander the cathedral (free entrance).
About 0.49 km (~0.3 miles) from
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Follow East Road uphill passing the old Grammar School buildings and at the crossroads turn right into Wyresdale Road.
About 0.32 km (~0.2 miles) from
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Follow Wyresdale Road for 1/4 mile to reach the eastern gated entrance to Williamson Park and enter. Timing your visit for when the snowdrops, bluebells or rhododendrons are in flower will enhance it.
About 0.47 km (~0.29 miles) from
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Take time to explore this lovely park before or after visiting the sublime Ashton Memorial. There are extensive pathways throughout the park & the park has toilets, a cafe & a butterfly house.
About 0.31 km (~0.19 miles) from
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Exit the park by either returning the way you came or exiting on Quernmore Road and turning left to reach the East Road junction (again) and return to the city centre.
About 0.26 km (~0.16 miles) from
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Wander your way back into the city centre taking time to roam around as there are some fantastic Victorian buildings to be seen.
About 1.08 km (~0.67 miles) from
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Along the pedestrianised Market Street you will find the rather lovely City Museum & Art Gallery. As it's free admission it would seem discourteous not to visit!
About 0.25 km (~0.16 miles) from
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Continue up Market Street to pass the Kings Arms Hotel (again), just beyond which turn right into the cobbled Castle Hill road to reach the Castle (there is an admission charge).
About 0.18 km (~0.11 miles) from
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On the crest of the hill beyond the Castle is Lancaster Priory. Like the Cathedral, unless a service is on you are free to enter. A lovely, large church - very different from the Catholic Cathedral.
About 0.18 km (~0.11 miles) from
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Wander your way back to the railway station.
About 0.27 km (~0.17 miles) from

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10 Nov 2015
Wonderful Lancaster

A fine walk in a great city! I spent a year here at university and I would have loved more time to explore the city and its surrounds.

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