If you are feeling energetic the walk can be extended in both directions – up-stream as far as Kirkby Lonsdale using the long distance path or downstream to Lancaster. A frequent bus service connects Lancaster and Kirkby Lonsdale. (Check the Stagecoach website for details.)
From the car park return to the lane, turn right and cross the River Lune on Bulk Bridge. At the far side turn right into Mill Lane.
At you approach a modern 3 storey housing development bear right. Keep ahead and then as you approach an old workshop bear right on a track soon leading past a modern terrace of houses with the river on the right.
At this point you are just downstream from Halton Weir and close to the site of long demolished mill.
Close to the weir the route climbs the wooded embankment and then follows a narrow path through meadows. As it approaches a wide bend in the river it enters woods to climb to Low Road.
Exit the woods by a kissing gate and cross to a path opposite.
Turn right. Keep to the roadside path which will quickly bring you to the rear of Crook O’ Lune car park. The particular geography of this location on the great hairpin bend on the river can be confusing for the first time visitor.
At the far end of the car park do not drop to the broad cycle way that crosses the Lune on the old railway bridges and will take you back to the car park when you turn right. (Unless you are short of time of course) Instead turn left onto Low Road and cross by the road bridge.
On the far side the road bends to the right. After this take a riverside footpath through a metal gate which after passing through a picnic area enters woodland.
This soon climbs up towards the busy A683 Kirkby Lonsdale Road before dropping back to the river to pass beneath the old railway bridge carrying the cycleway.
Soon after this the path reaches broad fields. Keep ahead with the river on the right until the path comes close to the weir and then follow it left as it climbs up to join the cycleway.
When you reach the cycleway turn right for the car park.
This walk can easily be started at Crook of Lune Picnic site (LA2 9NB) a well-known Lancashire beauty spot painted by Turner in the 19th century and described by poets Gray and Wordsworth. The view up the valley is superb with Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales prominent in the distance.
Where to eat and drink: There is a tea bar on Crook of Lune car park (weekends only between November and Easter.)