3.4 of 5 (11 votes)

Along the Lune Valley

A strenuous walk (riverside) starting and finishing in Lancashire, England, about 24.10km (14.98 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 7:15h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 68m (223ft)
Descent 20m (65ft)
Max. Elevation 70m (229ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 88m (288ft)
kirkby lonsdale
Distance 24.10km
Duration ~7:15h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 11 Jan 2010
The Lune Valley is a wonderfully scenic valley outside of Lancaster. A long but fairly gentle riverside walk, you will pass through some classic Lancashire scenery - farms, sheep, stone cottages and walls, and small patches of woodland all add to the mix on this walk. The official walk, the Lune Valley Ramble, runs all the way from Lancaster to Kirkby Lonsdale - about 17 miles. For something a bit shorter, try the section from Lancaster to Hornby, with regular buses running between the two.

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Walk Map

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The Lune Valley Ramble starts near the city centre. From the bus station, head past the tourist information centre to the river bank. You should spot a sign to the riverside walk, but if not, just ask - the locals are very friendly round here!
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The first section of the walk takes you out of the city. It's a pleasant city, but those seeking fresh air will be pleased to reach the city outskirts at the Lune Aqueduct, which carries the Lancaster Canal across the river. Just a short distance before it's open countryside.
About 2.47 km (~1.53 miles) from
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Head past the M4 flyover and continue on the southern side of the river. Opposite Halton is Denny Beck, a woody section rich in wildlife - bats, dragonflies and fish are all spotted here.
About 1.48 km (~0.92 miles) from
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This beauty spot is much-loved as a place for picnics. It was made famous(ish) after being painted by JMW Turner. The old stone bridge across the river adds to the character that attracts the crowds. It's now all part of the River Lune Millennium Park, which should help to keep it unspoilt.
About 2.25 km (~1.4 miles) from
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The route continues on the northern side of the river after Crook o' Lune. As you get further away from the city, the setting becomes even more tranquil. Birdlife abounds here - look for sand pipers and kingfishers. The banks also attract some wading species, including oystercatchers and redshanks.
About 2.37 km (~1.47 miles) from
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Near Hornby is the Loyn Bridge, an ancient structure dating back to 1684. Continue along the northern bank.
About 4.59 km (~2.85 miles) from
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The next point of interest in Arkholme. The Bay Horse pub will provide some sustenance if you are completing the whole walk.
About 3.06 km (~1.9 miles) from
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If time allows, take a short side trip into Whittington. It's a great place to explore, particularly the old church. Then return to the riverside path and get your camera out - the views across to the fells of Cumbria and North Yorkshire are superb along the following stretch.
About 4.49 km (~2.79 miles) from
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This medieval bridge marks the end of the walk. Just past here is the town of Kirkby Lonsdale, which has plenty of cafes, pubs and shops to refill hungry stomachs or thirsty gullets.
About 2.44 km (~1.52 miles) from
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This walking guide provides a taster of what you can hope to see on this unforgettable walk. For a more detailed guide to the route, visit: www.forestofbowland.com/files/uploads/pdfs/leaflets/Lune_Valley_Ramble.pdf
About 0.62 km (~0.39 miles) from

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