GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Crook O' Lune Circular Walk

3 miles (5 km)

This circular walk visits a popular beauty spot on the Lune River in Lancaster. The route runs for about 3 miles on flat paths so is suitable for most abilities. It's a lovely area with views of the river, the old bridges and the surrounding countryside.
The walk starts from the car park at the site where there's good facilities including toilets, picnic area and a cafe. From here you can pick up the Lune Valley Ramble and follow the waymarked trail north east along the river. After about a mile you'll come to a bridge which you can use to cross to the south side of the water. You can then follow footpaths south east back to the start point, passing through some small areas of woodland on the way.
Aughton Woods is located close to the Crook at the north eastern end of the walk. There's lots of pretty bluebells and primroses to see here. You can also look out for wildlife including chiffchaffs, chaffinches and five species of tit.

Postcode

LA2 6PA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Crook of Lune OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Crook of Lune Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

There's a nice picnic area by the car park which is a lovely place to enjoy a rest and something to eat. You can bring something yourself or there's Woodys cafe on site selling tea, coffee and a great bacon butty.
The site is also located just to the west of the village of Caton where there's some more good options for post walk refreshments. The Station Hotel is an 18th century coaching inn located in the centre of the village. It has a good menu and some outdoor seating for warmer days. You can find it on Hornby Road at postcode LA2 9QS for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The area is a popular with dog walkers so you'll probably bump into other owners on your visit. As well as the riverside trails there's some pleasant pockets of woodland. The Station Hotel mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To extend the walk you could head west along the river into Lancaster. Here you can enjoy more waterside trails along the Lancaster Canal or try the Lancaster Circular Walk. Heading east along the river path will take you to Gressingham.
The spot sits close to the edge of the Forest of Bowland AONB. For more walks in this lovely area see the Forest of Bowland Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Caton Lune Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 2068849

The Lune Bridge at sunset, Crook o' Lune, Caton. This road bridge was opened on 6 Aug 1883. Seen here from the railway bridge.

Inscribed stone on the Lune Bridge, Crook o' Lune, Caton - geograph.org.uk - 639667

Inscribed stone on the Lune Bridge, Crook o' Lune, Caton. This is interesting as it suggests that the hundreds levied a rate, like the rural district councils that were formed only a few years later.

Crook-of-Lune West Viaduct - geograph.org.uk - 47068

Crook-of-Lune West Viaduct. There are two former Midland Railway viaducts at the Crook-of-Lune. An image of the East Viaduct appears in SD5264. Both are now part of the Lancaster - Caton Cycleway

River Lune - geograph.org.uk - 899621

River Lune view

Riverside Path by Lower Cliff Wood - geograph.org.uk - 2060397

Riverside Path by Lower Cliff Wood

The River Lune above Crook o'Lune - geograph.org.uk - 4095599

The River Lune above Crook o'Lune. There are fine views to Hornby Castle,Ingleboroughand otherPenninefells.

River Lune at Crook 'O' Lune - geograph.org.uk - 2904114

The area was painted byJ. M. W. Turnerin 1820. The colour study sees Turner loosely note the main contours of the distinctive landscape, with its twisting river and rolling hills, in a watercolour palette dominated by blue and yellow.

Weir on the River Lune - geograph.org.uk - 471336

Weir to the north east of the Crook. The Aughton Woods Nature Reserve can be found near here.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Crook of Lune.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)