Wednesday, 22nd April 2009

             

            

 

Walk: River Lune, Lune Aqueduct, Lancaster Canal, Slyne, Halton, River Lune
Start Point: Crook O' Lune car park Grid Reference: SD 521 648
Distance: 9 miles Ascent: 700 feet
Time: 4.25 hours    
Weather: Fine with some light cloud but mostly sunny.
Comments: 18 walkers set off from the Crook O Lune along the southern bank of the River Lune, using the Lune Cycleway which was an old railway line. This was evident as we passed the old Halton Station and a stone relief picture of the station with a steam train standing at the platform. We soon left the cycleway to follow the riverbank under the high bridge carrying the M6 over the River Lune. Having passed the back of the Holiday Inn and a large transport depot, we came to the steepest climb of the day as we ascended the steps from the river to the Lancaster Canal and the Aqueduct over the Lune. The towpath took us round the back of Lancaster and out into the country where the peace and quiet was enjoyed in the sunshine and provided views of the Lakeland Fells. At bridge 115 we left the canal along an old green lane to Slyne and the 1681 Manor House. From there it was across the fields and tracks and then some road walking back across the M6 to Halton, before rejoining the river along the northern bank. After the small, but now deserted, industrial estate (credit crunch?) there were excellent views of the Lune and a very pleasant stretch with grassy banks where gorse was in bloom, and wooded stretches with a fine display of bluebells and wild garlic before we reached the road and the final path back to the cars.

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We set off along the cycleway . . .

 

and the Lune looks tranquil

 

Upside down trees - art?

 

Old Halton Station with its . . .

 

stone relief picture

 

Running repairs to the boathouse

 

Along the riverside meadows . . .

 

to the M6 . . .

 

motorway bridge

 

Lune aqueduct . . .

 

carrying the Lancaster canal

 

Urban canal

 

Tranquil . . .

 

rural canal . . .

 

for a coffee stop

 

'Moo to you!'

 

We leave the canal . . .

 

and arrive in Slyne,

 

passing the 1681 Manor House

 

It's across the football pitch . . .

 

and fields near Ancliffe Hall

 

An old pump and trough were just right for a lunch stop

 

The road walk and the weather over Lancaster looked ominous, but it soon cleared . . .

 

before we reached Halton

 

Back to the River Lune . . .

 

but not alone enjoying the river

 

Weir on the Lune . . .

 

and the gorse on the bank brightens the day

 

The bluebells and wild garlic were impressive

 

Ahh, that's better!

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