Hornby and the River Lune

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Hornby and Arkholme are just two of the many villages in the Lune Valley worthy of a visit on foot. The walk passes several ancient sites on its way along the river and has particularly fine views of Ingleborough, as well as of other more modest hills and the copses on the nearer and lower slopes.

England - North England - Lancashire - River Walk


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Castle, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Wildlife, Woodland
10/12/2016 - Jim Grindle

I would like to thank Ian, Barry, Chris and Robert for their comments. The latter sent in four new photos of changes as well as a detailed commentary. This has enabled me to up-date the walk. I am pleased that everybody found it so enjoyable. Jim Grindle.

04/12/2016 - Robert Hughes

This is a very good walk that I shortened to 7.2 miles by starting and finishing at WM5 where there is a lay-by with space for quite a few cars. The views of the dales from Calf Top right across to Ingleborough were a delight as were those of the Lune valley. Also plenty of wildlife an any time of year. The guidance notes were easy to follow though the following updates may help. At WM5 there is now a gate and no second stile. At WM11 the gate was no longer wired up. Just after WM20 there is a new farm gate to pass through before reaching WM21. Between WM21 and WM22 there a second double stile after the oak and before the farm. At WM22 there is now a stile beside the gate. WM24 is just before (not after) the houses (now labelled Eskrigg Farm) mentioned in the notes for WM23. The stile just after WM24 is now a kissing gate. WM25 - there is now a field gate here together with the stile. After WM25 the grassy track is not obvious now but if you turn half left and go uphill you will find WM26. WM28 - once over the barbed wire fence head for a gate which takes you to the lane. At WM29 you turn sharp left to see this gate. Hope this helps.

02/12/2013 - Chris Baines

I see this walk has been on the site for quite a while, and thought it needed some updated comment. I have just completed the walk on a grey Monday in December, and can report that was very pleasurable. The wintering bird life at this time was amazing, both along the river, and the adjacent fields. The waypoint directions could do with updating to encompass the previous comments, and the telephone box no longer exists at waypoint No 18. Having said that, the walk is still worth walking, and with SATNAV, you would struggle to get lost.

01/07/2007 - Barry Rutlidge

July 1st, 2007. Just a note that the footpath between points 20 and 23 has been closed for 6 months for the new gas pipe line. When you cross the river in Gressington, you need to turn left and follow the road instead of the FP. Continue along the road, turning in to the Cul-de-sac at GR 573693. This takes you to point 23

04/09/2005 - Ian Fairnie

03/09/05 - a lovely walk through varied terrain. From Riverside, open pastures, woodland and quiet lanes. There are a lot of stiles to climb! The directions are easy to follow and as written except for a couple of waypoints - 23 - the 'domestic iron gates' have now gone but have been replaced with stile complete with ubiquitous yellow arrow. So, in fact it's easier to follow the route. However at 25 the 'gravelled track' is grassed over but still turn left up the hill. Be aware that the stile at 26 is quite a long way along the hedge and well hidden by a hawthorn bush! At 27 the 'collapsed gate' has been replaced by yet another stile. Even taking the above in to account, the directions are so good that it would be dificult to get lost. Well worth it for the stunning views.

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