The Lune Valley at Kirkby Lonsdale

  • A beautiful stretch of river
  • Old fashioned village at Whittington
  • Quiet and peaceful walk

I knew very little about the River Lune before undertaking this walk; aside from passing over it on the A65 and spending time admiring it from the butty van at Devil’s Bridge. The Lune Valley though is lovely, at least near Kirkby Lonsdale. The river is wide and not fast flowing but it is peaceful and relaxing to walk beside. Unusually the banks, if not taken by fishermen, are easily accessible and safe. Being on the edge of the Dales the panorama is superb as the hills from Barbondale to Ingleborough are presented in a linear form, similar indeed to the Cairngorms when passing up the A9.

However the jewel on the walk is the lovely, completely unspoilt, village of Whittington complete with spectacular  church, pub and quaint, quiet streets. The village is a splendid example of somewhere that is off the beaten track in an unspoilt but attractive rural area – almost going back in time. I like Kirkby Lonsdale as well, have a wander through its narrow streets after the walk.

Recommend: I would always recommend a weekend break in Kirkby Lonsdale – ignore the general blurb about being twixt Dales and Lakes and just enjoy the Lune valley for what it is.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL2 Yorkshire Dales South & West. Buy Map
Start Point: SD 615782. Park at the Devil's Bridge and cross the park and then the A65 aiming for a gap in some houses opposite.
Height to Climb: 86ms (282 feet)
Terrain: There is a rotten 1/2 mile after Woodend Farm. Break right from the path/stream on to the field before Sellett Mill. Persevere - the walk gets better and better from here!
Eating & Drinking: Aside from the excellent butty van at Devil's Bridge there is a good choice of hostels in Kirkby Lonsdale. The Dragon's Head used to offer an opportunity to break the walk up in the attractive village of Whittington but is presently closed and not yet planned to re-open till 2017.
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