GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Lancaster Circular Walk

10 miles (16 km)

This 10 mile circular walk makes use of three of the long distance trails which run through the area surrounding the city. You'll pass along the River Lune on the Lune Valley Ramble before picking up the Lancaster Canal to take you to the coast. Here you follow the Lancashire Coastal Way to take you to along Morecambe Bay.
The walk starts at the train station in the city centre and first heads past Lancaster Castle and Priory. The medievalcastle dates from the 12th century and has a fascinating history. You can enjoy the courtyard spaces, external views of the historic building, two small exhibition spaces,and thegiftshop without charge, butpublic access to the interiors of the castle buildings is by guided tour only.
From the castle it is a short stroll down to the river where you pick up a nice riverside footpath to the impressive Millennium Bridge. You continue to the lovely Lune Aqueduct of the Lancaster Canal, which rises above the river. Thenavigable aqueduct carries theLancaster Canalover theRiver Lune, and was completed in 1797. The route crosses the river here and continues along the towpath of the canal to Hest Bank on the coast. It's a lovely stretch of the canal with great views of the surrounding Lancashire countryside to enjoy.
At Hest Bank you pick up the coastal path to take you into Morecambe. There's lovely views of the attractive beach and the famous Morecambe Bay with lots of wading birds to look out for.
The final stage of the walk takes you along the Lancaster to Morecambe Cycleway. The shared surfaced path runs all the way back to the Lune in Lancaster.
The city is located on the edge of the Forest of Bowland AONB where there are miles of greating walking routes to try. You could head a few miles to the east and climb to Clougha Pike. From the hill summit there are wonderful views over Morecambe Bay, Snowdonia and the Lake District Fells.
Sunderland Point is located south of Lancaster and well worth a visit if you are in the area. There's nice footpaths to follow around a delightful peninsula with salt marsh salt marsh, beach, mud flats, farmland and lots of wildlife to look out for.
The Lunesdale Walk is another good option and can be picked up just to the north at Carnforth. It takes you through the Forest of Bowland, visiting many pretty villages and waterways.
The long distance Way of the Roses also passes through the city. It will also take you into the Forest of Bowland and then on into the Yorkshire Dales.
For another riverside stroll you could try the Lancaster to Caton route. The shared cycling and walking path takes you along the River Lune to nearby Caton.

Lancaster Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Lancaster Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Open Street Map with Location tracking

Photos

Lancaster Priory

Lancaster Priory

Lancaster Castle (5766)

Lancaster Castle

Lune Millennium Bridge, west side

Lune Millennium Bridge

Greyhound Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 1328180

Greyhound Bridge over the Lune

The Lune Aqueduct of the Lancaster Canal, from the south - geograph.org.uk - 1334426

The Lune Aqueduct of the Lancaster Canal

Folly Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 1373604

Folly Bridge over the Lancaster Canal

Shore Road and Cafe, Hest Bank - geograph.org.uk - 1477147

Shore Road and Cafe, Hest Bank

Morecambe, UK - panoramio (8)

Morecambe Beach

GPS Files

GPX File

Lancaster Circular Walk.gpx (right click - 'Save As')

Memory Map Route

Lancaster Circular Walk.mmo (right click - 'Save As')

Map