With us having never been before we only had a vague plan and route which was always subject to change.
Here's the route we finished up doing.
Pleasingly we found somewhere to park and it was free which made a nice change. It used to be the railway station car park at Halton on the Lancaster to Wennington railway. Part of Dr Beeching's cuts of many years ago.
The old line is now a cycle/walkway from the centre of Lancaster to a point just east of Caton. But for the real energetic it can be extended all the way to Glasson Dock.
We had it in mind to follow the river rather than the old line so as soon as we could we hand railed the waters edge going in a clockwise direction on the map above. Considering the car park was so empty there were plenty of folk about but ALL of them were on the old line. Easier i suppose.
What was very noticeable was all the detritus high up in the tree branches. Remains from the recent floods. It must have been very scary at the time looking at how high the water had risen. Today though it was calm, serine in some ways.
The slipway at Halton.
Halton weir and road bridge.
A serine River Lune.
The river is crossed by the old track and it is possible to join it from the river if required. We carried on around the Crook o'Lune coming to more washed out paths with detours.
One of the detours.
Money tree with AR carved into it. I promise it wasn't me who did it.
It is a popular spot with quite a few benches for picnics and meadows planted by the local Beekeepers made a pleasant stopping point.taking advantage of this we had elevenses.
The Caton Lune Bridge. (Road)
The walk/cycle way bridge.
The walking is fine in the lush grassland although a bit damp underfoot. Many anglers are passed, some on the banks but many wading deep. The channels which lead into the river are thankfully bridged and there was only one channel where we had a bit of a struggle and muddy feet.
Ingleborough rising in the background.
The bridge carries the Thirlmere aqueduct and was erected in 1892 by Manchester Waterworks.
They certainly didn't do things on the cheap when you consider how much it must of cost to complete all the works involved in bringing water from Thirlmere in the Lake District down to Manchester.
Rounding the bend near Bull Beck Bridge we rejoin the old railway track for just a minute or two as this is the end of the line. It's a shame that the track finishes here as the road is very busy and very fast.
I think this is a Valais black noses sheep.
Cormorants drying out.
But we were fine, they did a bit of prancing around but never approached us close. We made it to the lane and then to The Fenwick Arms.
We passed the old signal box in someones back garden.
Conrad's blog, about the Tercet's and we happened to pass one. It was number 8 and in need of a good clean as the poem was difficult to read.
In the ring is a Heron. (Look closely).
Yet to open.Walking along the track is quick although the number of bikes and near misses was not great. Bells on bikes used to be common but not now. More's the pity.
Anyway we had a good day out, it didn't rain, it wasn't too sunny and we did 17km of enjoyable walking.
A couple of things we noticed with the map were two places where there was a right of way going across the river. We thought they would be bridges but having checked there is nothing there but open water. Below are two images showing the crossing points that are not.