This walk follows the course of a river, and ducks underneath the M6 to emerge at the site of an ancient motte and bailey fortress in the middle of the water.
The pub is lovely and welcoming - it's old, and feels just right (sloping floors and all).
The Cross Keys is a 15th Century Coaching in set in the beautiful Lune Valley. Ideal for a stop-over or just a meal break on route. A warm friendly smile awaits and the food is all home cooked and fresh. The Cross Keys is pet friendly and provide watering bowls upon request.
If you're not using the pub facilities, there is limited off-road parking by the churchyard.
Full Walk Details
Turn left out of the car park, and then turn immediately left on Church Street. After a few paces turn left again, follow the painted sign for the Post Office and walk with the churchyard to the left. Pass through a set of wooden gateposts heading downhill. Just after a stile on the right go through a gap in the fence, at a yellow waymarker, to walk onto the bed of a disused railway.
Bear right at the next waymarker arrow to walk around a barn. The path at this point has seen some very conscientious fencing to separate dogs from sheep. Turn left onto a track and continue straight on at the Bridleway sign. Cross the river bridge ahead. Dogs can easily ford the shallow river in normal weather conditions if they don't like the slatted bridge.
Turn right at the Public Footpath sign to walk with the river on the right hand side and underneath the motorway bridge, now doubling up as an informal sheep byre. Carry on walking, crossing two stiles (no dog gate) to reach a large field. Look out for the birds here, we recognised buzzards, crested grebes and a heron, and there were many more varieties besides. Towards the end of the field there are the remains of a motte and bailey castle on the right across the river. If you decide to use the stepping stones to have a closer look, watch out for a squadron of highly territorial geese!
For a 40 minute walk, this is a good place to turn round and retrace your way back to the Cross Keys. Walking shoes or wellies recommended in wet weather.
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