Making the most of the fine and dry weather we took a trip to the Crook O' Lune near Lancaster this morning for a lovely riverside and woodland walk. The route we took was about 4 miles. Some sections are very steep and muddy.
Our route started at the Crook O' Lune picnic site, near to Junction 34 of the M6. The well made footpath heading through the field adjacent to the car park provided an immediate chance for a good game of fetch before we turned away from the river, looping back towards the road leading to Halton Green. A well signed footpath on the other side of the road led steeply down to the river where we followed a lovely route down past the Halton rapids to Halton Mill. The route past the disused Mill was rather less scenic but we soon reached the narrow bridge which led across to the cycle and bridleway which forms part of the fabulous River Lune Millennium Park.
We followed the cycleway back towards the picnic site, stopping en-route for a run in the fields and a spot of paddling. A short but steep diversion took us up to the rather disappointing viewpoint at Grey's Seat, before we returned to the car park via Caton Lune Bridge.
There are plenty of chances for a good off-lead run on this walk but keep your dog under close control on the busy cycleway. Probably not a safe walk when the river is in flood!
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Doggy rating 7/10