Going North! The Lune Valley Via Halton, Caton and Claughton
The Lune River Aqueduct takes the Lancaster Canal over the River and provides an initial high-level view down the Lune River. After ascending from the car park and looking at the Aqueduct we descend to a path that runs inland out of Lancaster along the River Lune into the rural periphery of the Forest of Bowland, allowing breaks in villages such as Halton, Caton and Claughton and their traditional pubs. We return along either parts of the same path or a path on the other side of the river, where we can cross at several points to reach the start.
Distance: approx. 11 miles with options to extend or reduce depending on preferences.
Ascent/Descent: we are walking near a river so depending on choices of path this may be as little as tens of metres, or a little higher if we depart from the river into the centre of a village. But there are no peaks.
Travel: approximately 70 miles/1.5 hours from Liverpool region to Lancaster LA1 3PE via M6. (Leave M6 at J34, follow directions on A683 to Lancaster, look out for brown sign on right to River Lune Aqueduct car park; LA1 3PE is a general postcode so SatNav may take you past Lune Aqueduct). Meet next to Protected content
Travel by train is not recommended on this date: maintenance work at Liverpool Lime Street (the usual route to get trains to Lancaster via Preston) may still be going on and normal services may be disrupted.
Note: Halton is a village in Lancashire, not the Halton Unitary Authority within which you find Runcorn and Widnes.
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