Outdoor Fun in the Sun

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One of the best things about Lancaster is you can enjoy the city life whilst also having the choice to take a short drive or cycle out of Lancaster along the River Lune where you’ll discover a much celebrated and beautiful Lune Valley. If you are a budding cyclist, hiker or picnicker or want to try something new outdoors then Lancaster is certainly the place for you. Here are a few things you can enjoy in the City of Outdoors:

Get on your bike this summer…

Lancaster has plenty of cycle routes for all abilities with lots of things to see and do on the way. With an extensive network of traffic cycle paths, outstanding scenery and 20mph speed limits in residential areas Lancaster is one of the best places in the country to cycle.

Lancaster and Morecambe Cycling Map

See Lancaster city sights on wheels or venture out to the countryside. Plan your cycle day however you like with the FREE downloadable Lancaster and Morecambe Cycling Map.

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City, Coast, Countryside- Hest Bank Circular Route

This short triangular ride offers plenty of variety, ranging from the historic heart of Lancaster, the car-free bustle of the Greenway, the wide open space of Morecambe’s breezy Prom to the peaceful canal towpath. An excellent ride for all the family, this route is almost all on traffic free cycle tracks, apart from one stretch of about 250m on an on-road cycle lane; this can be avoided by walking the short distance. It’s also almost entirely flat, with just one gentle climb approaching Hest Bank.

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Bike hire

Cycle hire is available at Leisure Lakes on Penny Street in the city centre.

Leisure Lakes Bikes: 103-105 Penny Street, Lancaster LA1 1XN,  01524 844389, www.leisurelakesbikes.com

On Yer Bike: Lowell House, Caton Road, Lancaster, LA1 3NY, 01524 60554, www.onyerbike.com


Forest of Bowland

Discover beautiful unspoilt countryside, picturesque villages, dramatic open moorland and outstanding scenery on foot. The Forest of Bowland provides inspiration for walkers, ideas for afternoon tea stops, tips for star gazing and seasonal wildlife highlights.

Jubilee Tower Lancaster

Head to Jubilee Tower for views of the Lakeland Hills, Fylde Coast, Yorkshire Dales and breathtaking views of the stunningly diverse landscape of Lancaster, Morecambe and the Lune Valley. This simple square stone built tower was built to commemorative  Queen Victoria’s Jubilee.

Perfect Picnic Spots

There’s no better way to enjoy the summer sun than sharing a delicious picnic with friends and family.

Bull Beck Picnic Site

Bull Beck Picnic Site is a free site, located to the east of Caton in the Lune Valley, offering some extremely pleasant walks along the Lune Valley, towards the lovely villages of Hornby, Gressinghamn or back towards Lancaster. Why not take a picnic and enjoy the great outdoors with the family.

Crook O Lune Picnic Site

A popular beauty spot settled on a horseshoe bend in the River Lune just north of Lancaster. With plenty of pleasant walks available alongside the riverbanks and through the surrounding countryside, the Crook O’Lune Picnic Site provides a great base to explore the area further.