Walking and Cycling in Lancaster
While many people head north towards the Lake District for walking, Lancaster has plenty on offer for ramblers.
Take a walk around the beautiful 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
Gradient: Mostly easy, some steep steps and uneven paths. There are a number of ‘kissing gates’ and narrow bridges between the fields.
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
Gradient: Some steep sections but much level walking.
Walk around Williamson Park
Take a walk around Williamson Park with 54 acres of Parkland to stroll through you are sure to be impressed. Admire the iconic Ashton Memorial, enjoy an enchanted woodland walk or simple take in the breath-taking views of the Fylde Coast, Morecambe Bay and the Lake District fells and mountains.
Opening times: October to March: 10am – 4pm (April to September: 10am – 5pm)
Why not challenge yourself in 2019. The Lancaster District has many cycle routes for all abilities so whether you want a leisurely spin or a more challenging experience why not try one of the following cycle routes:
The route crosses the northern part of the red rose county of Lancashire before the broad breadth of Yorkshire, the white rose county, passing some of Britain’s most stunning countryside and fascinating heritage sites.
Such areas include the Lune Valley, the Forest of Bowland AONB, Yorkshire Dales National Park, Nidderdale AONB, the Vale of York and the Yorkshire Wolds. A great place for a refreshment break and one of the most interesting sites on route is the Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal World Heritage Site near Ripon.
Distance: Over 20 Miles
The Lune Valley
This easy ride takes you from the bustling heart of the city to the open spaces of the Lune Valley. Fine river views naturally feature at many places along the way, with highlights being the historic village of Halton and the dramatic bend of the river at Crook O’Lune.
Keep a look out for kingfishers, herons and cormorants, and maybe leaping salmon too.
Distance: 12.5 Miles