Walking and Cycling

Lancaster has plenty on offer for walkers. Check out our selection of walking guides below:


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.

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Birk Bank And Baines Crag

This walk provides a taste of the fanastic Forest of Bowland.

Distance Approx: 7.5 km / 4.7 miles

Gradient: Some steep sections but much level walking.

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A Walk around Williamson Park

Take a walk around 54 acres of beautiful parkland on the edge of the city centre.  Admire the iconic Ashton Memorial, enjoy an enchanted woodland walk or simple take in the breath-taking views of Morecambe Bay in the distance.



The Lancaster District has many cycle routes for all abilities so whether you want a leisurely spin or a more challenging experience, then why not try one of the following cycle routes:


Way of the Roses

The route crosses the northern part of the red rose county of Lancashire before the broad breadth of Yorkshire, the white rose county and passes 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

Grade: Advanced

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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

Grade: Easy

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