Valley to Glasson Dock
13. Crook O' Lune to Glasson Dock via Lancaster
- 20 miles return. This is a pleasant cycle
ride along two railway track beds starting at one of two main carparks
either Bull Bridge or Crook O' Lune (preferable).
The route is a well
surfaced tarmac railway path to Lancaster the journey to Glasson being
an ash surfaced path. The route is nearly level throughout. Between Crook
O' Lune and Lancaster there are various sculptures adding interest to
Starting at Crook O' Lune carpark the path leaves the rear of the lower
carpark and loops round to join the former trackbed below. There is an
excellent view of the river Lune at this point. The path soon crosses
the Lune on a large metal bridge and follows the left bank to Halton.
There is a narrow metal bridge which can be seen which once connected
the station with the village on the opposite side of the river.
Continuing onwards the path passes under the M6 and the Lancaster Canal
Aqueduct soon reaching the outskirts of Lancaster and the site
of the former Green Ayre Station. Here there is a subway below a busy
main road following the left hand side of the road for a short while before
dipping down to return to the left hand bank of the river. The Millennium
footbridge will soon be reached. Bear right and go part way onto the bridge
and then turn sharp left on a link bridge returning to the left bank.
this point is possible to make a diversion into Morecambe - about 3
miles - crossing the Millennium footbridge and returning the same way
Follow George's Quay for a while before being forced to join a road passing
some warehouses and industrial sites. This road is not particularly busy.
After 1/2 mile the start of the trail to Glasson Dock is reached. This
is tarmac at first quickly becoming earth or ash. The path follows the
estuary through Conder Green picnic site and onwards to a metal bridge
across an inlet. After the bridge it is better to join the road as the
gravel path is uncomfortable.
The canal basin at Glasson Dock soon comes into view. This is the end
of the Lancaster Canal where there is a lock giving access to larger sea
going boats. There are a couple of shops a cafe and three pubs at Glasson
A leaflet on the trail
can be obtained from Lancashire County Council 01772 534609 or Lancaster
tourist office 01524 32878
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