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Explore the Lune Valley with a Cicerone Guidebook

Cover of The Lune Valley and Howgills - A Walking Guide
Available as eBook
10 Feb 2012
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.3cm
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The Lune Valley and Howgills - A Walking Guide

by Dennis Kelsall, Jan Kelsall
Book published by Cicerone Press

A guidebook to 40 walks, from 3 to 11 miles, exploring the Lune Valley and Howgill Fells, some of the most unspoilt countryside in northwest England. Set between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales and two other AONBs, the walking is hugely rewarding, near the centres of Sedbergh, Kirkby Lonsdale, Kendal and Lancaster.

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Set between the national parks of the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District, and the AONBs of Bowland, and Arnside and Silverdale, the 50 miles of the River Lune and its many tributaries take in some excellent walking country.

This guide offers a wide range of walks from the source of the river in the Howgill Fells to Glasson Dock, just below Lancaster, all along the Lune Valley, as well as a comfortable itinerary for walking the length of the river in 6 days.

There are magnificent views from the empty hilltops, delightful natural woodlands full of wildlife, stunning secluded side valleys and open moorland vistas to be explored in Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire. And the walks are equally superb at any time of the year.

  • a range of walks, from 3 to 11 miles, for all abilities
  • illustrated with extracts from OS mapping and colour photographs
  • includes a suggested 60-mile, 6-day schedule for walking the River Lune from end to end
  • Seasons
    equally superb routes at any time of the year
  • Centres
    Newbiggin, Orton, Bowderdale, Greenholme, Tebay, Borrowdale, Beckfoot, Sedbergh, Dent, Killington, Barbon, Kirkby Lonsdale, Crook o'Lune, Lancaster, Overton, Glasson Dock
  • Difficulty
    walks ranging between 3 and 11 miles, flat coastal to upland tops and ridges; no technical difficulty but some navigational skill needed for the hill routes.
  • Must See
    the Howgills, eastern Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Forest of Bowland, the Lune Valley and Morecambe Bay

July 2017

Walk 13 / Walk 14 individual routes are not possible presently due to the footbridge mentioned on page 84/ 86 being washed away in the floods of 2015.
An alternative is to combine both routes together until the footbridge it repaired. Works are due to start Sept/ Oct 2017 hopefully to be completed by the end of the year.


November 2016

Walk 7 Birk Beck (page 60 in printed book)

The right of way at Gill Farm has recently been legally diverted. The new route (which is fully waymarked) now follows a more convenient and safer line around a paddock fence.

In place of "Walk past the front of the barn and adjoining house, leaving through a small metal gate into the rough pasture beyond" you should now follow the waymarks around the stock fence surrounding the farm, cross the field towards the obvious open gateway, into the rough pasture beyond. 

Walk 34

The footpath mentioned on page 171 is closed. This is probably a temporary closure due to the building of a new bypass. Please see the map for an alternative until the route can be fully checked.


Origins and landscape
Accommodation and facilities
Navigation and maps
Planning your walk
Using this guide
The Walks
Walk 1 Weasdale and Randygill Top
Walk 2 Newbiggin-on-Lune
Walk 3 Wath to Kelleth
Walk 4 Bowderdale and The Calf
Walk 5 Gaisgill to Orton
Walk 6 Orton Scar
Walk 7 Birk Beck
Walk 8 Bretherdale
Walk 9 Blease Fell
Walk 10 Jeffrey's Mount and Borrowdale
Walk 11 Whinfell and Borrowdale
Walk 12 Carlin Gill
Walk 13 Beck Foot
Walk 14 Firbank and Bridge End
Walk 15 Winder, Calders and The Calf
Walk 16 Sedbergh and the River Rawthey
Walk 17 Frostrow Fells and Dentdale
Walk 18 Beside the River Dee from Dent
Walk 19 Killington
Walk 20 Calf Top
Walk 21 Barbon Low Fell
Walk 22 Around Casterton
Walk 23 Kirkby Lonsdale
Walk 24 By the Lune from Kirkby Lonsdale
Walk 25 Leck Beck
Walk 26 Arkholme and the River Lune
Walk 27 Melling
Walk 28 Roeburndale
Walk 29 Whit Moor
Walk 30 Littledale
Walk 31 Clougha Pike
Walk 32 Aughton and the River Lune
Walk 33 Halton, the Crook o’Lune and Gray's Seat
Walk 34 Slyne and the Lune Aqueduct
Walk 35 Around Lancaster
Walk 36 The Lune and the Lancaster Canal
Walk 37 Glasson Dock and the Lancaster Canal Spur
Walk 38 Cockersand Abbey
Walk 39 Overton and Bazil Point
Walk 40 Sunderland Point
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B The Lune Valley end to end
Appendix C Useful contacts
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