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Crook of Lune walk
A disused railway line, two historic bridges, a sweeping curve of a river and a pretty stretch of woodland make this a walk to remember.
The views here are magnificent.
From the car park and cafe follow the signs for the Millennium Walk and descend six wooden steps to reach the track of the old railway. Turn left.
Cross the old railway bridge.
To the left is the sweep of the River Lune and to the right is the substantial road bridge and the substantial wall leading up to it.
At the end of the bridge there are Sycamore trees and in autumn youngsters can have a wonderful time with the seeds.
These are shaped like the rotor blades of a helicopter and spin in the breeze. Great fun can be had by seeing how far the seeds fly when thrown up into the wind.
There is a seed in the middle of the “blades” and this is how the Sycamore tree can spread. Approach a substantial wooden seat on the left.
At the seat, turn right to reach a wooden gate and a sign indicating Riverside Walk.
Descend a field with the river down to the right. Approach another wooden gate.
Pass through the gate and carefully cross the country road.
Turn left and then almost immediately right through a metal gate to the Memorial Forest.
This is being regularly planted by families wishing to remember a loved one by planting a tree.
Here is another delightful picnic spot and areas where youngsters can feed the numerous and ever-hungry ducks.
In dry weather the memorial woodland is very child-friendly and is a wonderful place to enjoy a strenuous game of hide and seek or other energy sapping activities.
From the picnic site retrace the route to point four.
Ascend the track through the field and just before point three look to the left to see a footpath leading down to the river. Descend towards the Lune.
Approach a wooden footbridge over a stream leading to the river.
Cross the bridge and find a set of steps leading down to the main river.
Then continue along the path to see under the huge arches of the railway bridge.
Spend some time looking for the marks made by the workmen’s tools as they shaped the stones to fit into the fabric of the bridge.
Retrace your steps to point three. Turn left at the seat and approach point two.
Instead of ascending the steps to the car park bear right and ascend the track.
The substantial picnic site has magnificent views over the Lune and before the railway or the modern road bridge was constructed this view was painted by the famous artist JMW Turner.
Turner later returned and painted the railway bridge.
A few years ago I watched a school party of nine year olds drawing this same view.
Turn left and return to the car park.