5 of the best walks to get to know Lancaster


Lancaster and the Lune

It’s part of Lancaster’s charm that it remains a compact city, enjoying close contact with surrounding countryside. This easy walk takes full advantage, moving from the bustle of the city centre to the leisurely pace of the canal and on to the wide open spaces of the Lune Estuary, where binoculars and a bird book would be ideal companions.

Distance Approx: 7.3 km / 4.5 miles

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Lancaster Castle Credit Dan Tierney


Around Crook O’ Lune

This dramatic stretch of the river offers wonderful views of the Lune Valley whilst being a leisurely and relaxing route.

Distance Approx: 4.3 km / 2.7 miles

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Birk Bank And Baines Crag

Lancaster’s ‘other’ AONB is the Forest of Bowland; Lancaster’s share of this is larger than the whole of Arnside – Silverdale and includes the highest fells. It’s above all an area of sprawling heather moorland, punctuated by rocky outcrops and dissected by sheltered valleys. This walk provides a taste of these contrasts and gives some magnificent, far reaching views into the bargain.

Distance Approx:

7.5 km / 4.7 miles

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Quernmore 2_credit John McCafferty


Lancaster City Trail

Historic Lancaster, with its two universities, is a city of learning and a city of stories. It is a city where the past sits comfortably with the present. Splendid stone façades hark back to its heyday as a Georgian port; quirky independent shops rub shoulders with a smattering of well-known stores; museums and monuments are enjoyed by old and young; bars and restaurants bustle with locals. Find this out for yourself by foot on a self-lead walking tour of Lancaster City Centre.

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Lancaster walks talks and tours

Pick from a series of themed guided walking tours around historic Lancaster every Wednesday afternoon. Each tour focuses on a different theme allowing you to get to know Lancaster. (Tours run from 2nd May – 26th September 2018)

Find out more about themes, dates and times of guided tours here.