The Crook O' Lune
OS grid reference :- SD521644
The Crook O’ Lune, situated near Caton, four miles from Lancaster, is a popular and highly attractive spot, where the River Lune meanders in a large curve through tree-lined banks, the view up the valley is superb, looking north east to the plateau of Ingleborough. The river passes under Penny Bridge and the bridge which once carried the Lancaster to Hellifield railway line, which now forms part of an extensive network of cycleways and footpaths.
The Crook O' Lune was captured by the artist JMW Turner, and described by the poets Thomas Gray and William Wordsworth.
Exit the M6 at Junction 34 then take the A683 away from Lancaster. 3 miles towards Caton, but look for sharp turn left signed for Halton. Cross the river and then turn right into the car park and picnic area.
A walk from the Crook o' Lune
Distance - Around 6 kilometres
*Commencing at the the Crook O' Lune car park, exit the car park on the side nearest the main road, and descend steps to a tarmac path. Turn left on this path and proceed across the old bridge over the river and continue, passing the village of Caton on your right. Just past the village the route crosses Artle Beck.
*Continue walking until arriving a lane crossing the way at right angles, at which point turn left, to immediately arrive at a gate with a stile to its left, cross the stile and continue to banks of the Lune on your right.
* Proceed along the footpath along the banks of the river until arriving at a large bridge which takes four huge water pipes across the Lune, at which point take the path over the bridge, turn left and walk along the edge of Burton Wood which has a spectacular carpet of bluebells in the spring.
*Continue back to return to the Crook O'Lune with the river on your left