GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Bolton le Sands Walks

4 miles (7 km)

This pleasant Lancashire based village is a fine place to visit and start a walk from. There's canalside paths and some lovely coastline where you can look out for birds such as Cormorants, Curlews, Lapwings and Oystercatchers. There's also a number of nice pubs and a noteworthy church dating back to 1500.
This route from the village uses sections of the Lancaster Canal and the Lancashire Coastal Way to create a circular walk around the settlement.
The walk starts on the canal in the village and heads south along the towpath towards Bolton Town End and Hest Bank. Here you leave the canal to head towards the coast at the Morecambe Bay National Nature Reserve where there's a large variety of wildlife to look out for. The Lancashire Coastal Way will then take you north to Red Bank, Wild Duck Hall and The Old Mill where you follow a lane back into the village.


LA5 8DQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Bolton le Sands OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Bolton le Sands Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Bolton le Sands

  • Lancaster Canal - Follow the Lancaster Canal from Preston, in Lancashire, to Kendal, in Cumbria, on this splendid waterside walk or cycle
  • Lancashire Coastal Way - Travel along the beautiful Lancashire coast from Silverdale to Freckleton on this fairly easy walk.
    You start off at Silverdale and head south to Morecambe Bay passing Warton and Bolton le Sands
  • Morecambe Bay - Enjoy a visit to the Morecambe Bay Nature Reserve and a stroll along the Lancaster Canal on this circular cycle or walk in Lancashire
  • Lancaster Circular Walk - This 10 mile circular walk makes use of three of the long distance trails which run through the area surrounding the city
  • Lancaster to Caton - This easy short ride or walk follows the River Lune and National Cycle route 69 from Lancaster to Caton
  • Lune Estuary Footpath - Explore the beautiful River Lune Estuary on this waterside walk near Lancaster
  • Lune Valley Ramble - This lovely easy walk follows the River Lune from Lancaster to Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria


The Royal Hotel is a good choice for some post walk refreshments. The inn is located in a fine spot next to the canal so you can enjoy your meal in the nice garden area by the water. They serve good quality food and can be found at postcode LA5 8DQ for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The canal and coast on the route make for a fine dog walk. The Royal Hotel mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

If you head north along the coast path or the canal you will soon come to the neighbouring town of Carnforth.
To the south are the towns of Morecambe and Heysham where you can visit the delightful Sunderland Point. It's a lovely place for a walk with coastal views, salt marsh, beach, mud flats, farmland and lots of wildlife to look out for. There's also a series of attractive Georgian houses by the quay.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Lancashire Walks page.


Bolton le Sands village - - 28377

Bolton le Sands village. Showing the Blue Anchor pub and St Mary of the Angels church

Lancaster Canal, Bolton-le-Sands - - 1853182

Lancaster Canal, Bolton-le-Sands

Bolton-le-Sands Cricket Club - - 1949827

Cricket Club

Red Bank and a rock, Bolton le Sands - - 1754771

Red Bank and a rock. This is by far the largest of the many boulders on this part of the coast, presumably embedded in the reddish clay soils and exposed by coastal erosion.

The coast near Red Bank, Bolton le Sands - - 1754760

The coast near Red Bank

The Sands at Hest Bank - - 991086

The Sands at Hest Bank. At the right time of the tide, and with an experienced guide, it is possible to walk across Morecambe Bay to the Cumbrian side from here.

Towpath at Bolton-le-Sands - - 299135

Towpath view. A nice sunny afternoon walking along the towpath.

Blue Anchor, Main Road, Bolton-le-Sands - - 835555

Blue Anchor, Main Road.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Bolton Le Sands.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)