The River Lune Millennium Riverside Park is an eight mile stretch of the river from Salt Ayre to Caton passing through the city of Lancaster. To the south of the river the route of an old railway has now been converted to a cycleway and forms part of the National Cycle Network. This makes it accessible for wheelchairs and prams as well as bikes. On the north side of the river the Lune Valley long distance path passes through the park linking Kirkby Lonsdale to Lancaster. This route explores both sides of the river between Halton and the Crook O’ Lune.
Start: Denny Beck Car park. SD 503645
From Junction 34 of the M6 take the A683 towards Kirkby Lonsdale. 500yds after the motorway traffic lights turn left onto Denny Beck Lane. Follow this narrow lane down to Bulk Bridge. Just before you reach it turn right onto the car park.
Distance: 3 miles 4.9k
Time: 1 ½ - 2 hours
Map: OS OL 41 The Forest of Bowland
Map by kind permission of Johnston Press
1. From the car park return to the lane, turn right and cross the River Lune on Bulk Bridge.
At the far side turn right into Mill Lane.
At you approach a modern 3 storey housing development bear right.
Keep ahead and then as you approach an old workshop bear right
on a track soon leading past a modern terrace of houses with the river on the right.
At this point you are just downstream from Halton Weir
and close to the site of long demolished mill. Close to the weir the route climbs the wooded embankment
and then follows a narrow path through meadows.
As it approaches a wide bend in the river it enters woods to climb to Low Road. Exit the woods by a kissing gate
and cross to a path opposite.
Turn right. Keep to the roadside path which will quickly bring you to the rear of Crook O' Lune car park.
2. The particular geography of this location can be confusing for the first time visitor on the great hairpin bend on the river. At the far end of the car park do not drop to the broad cycle way that crosses the Lune on the old railway bridges and will take you back to the car park when you turn right. (Unless you are short of time of course) Instead turn left onto Low Road and cross by the road bridge.
On the far side the road bends to the right. After this take a riverside footpath through a metal gate
which after passing through a picnic area
enters woodland. This soon climbs up
towards the busy A683 Kirkby Lonsdale Road before dropping back to the river to pass beneath the old railway bridge carrying the cycleway.
Soon after this the path reaches broad fields.
Keep ahead until the path comes close to the weir
and then follow it left as it climbs up to join the cycleway.
Turn right for the car park.