The Best Dog Walks In The Lune Valley (Part 2)

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Best dog walks in the lune valley part 1

Part 2 is here!

(Including a list of Dog Friendly Pubs!)

As mentioned in Part 1, The Lune Valley is home to some of Britain’s most loved landscapes and is surrounded by numerous Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. But sometimes, being spoilt for choice makes finding a great place to walk your four-legged friends difficult.  

A list of our favourite dog-friendly places in and around The Lune Valley (Continued!)

Kirkby Lonsdale, Devil’s Bridge

Reader Addition!

A commenter on our Facebook page, Steve from Kirkby Lonsdale, mentioned that when he takes a stroll down Devil’s Bridge, he takes; “A loop along the river south of the bridge to the old Roman fort/ford. It’s a lovely bit and interesting“.

We thought this was a great little addition to the walk we featured, so had to share in part 2!

Bolton-le-sands, Thwaite Brow (approx. 1hr 20min) 

This walk allows you to choose from three lengths, so feel free to just take your pooch on a short stroll or go the full distance.  

The full walk will take around an hour or so, and crosses the canal, Thwaite Brow Woods, and allowing you to walk through old, quarried land. The canal through Bolton-le-sands, Lancaster Canal, was originally built from Wigan to Kendal, by John Wennie. This provided a direct transport link between Lancaster and larger towns, in an effort to save Lancaster economically, due to difficulties with ships on the Lune Estuary.  

The circular route has recently been provided with a viewing point, close to the canal bridge, at the top of the first set of steps. This remarkable view over Morecambe bay and the surrounding area is enough to stop even the keenest of pups in their tracks, (well, maybe not).  

After you have completed one of the three choices of routes, the Royal Hotel of Bolton-le-sands, overlooking the historic canal, is the perfect place to out your paws up and relax.  

The Walk

Thwaite Brow Woods Conservation 

The Royal Hotel

Hornby Circular (approx. 1hr 30min) 

Hornby village, home to the famous Hornby castle, is found in the heart of the Lune Valley. The castle, recently redeveloped from a medieval castle to a country home, allows public access to its scenic gardens at certain times, so if you’re lucky enough to be passing by on an open weekend, why not pop in with your little best friend.  

We welcome well behaved dogs, but please keep them on short leads and clear up after them. There are some lovely walks around the garden that everyone including your four legged friends will enjoy

Hornby Castle website

This circular route through mainly fields and some woodland is the perfect trip for your dog, whether an excited spaniel, or an old bulldog, due to mostly level ground, albeit a few stiles/steps. This route can get a little muddy in colder months, so consider bringing your wellies, (and a towel if your pups are lovers of puddles!).  

Once you’re covered head-to-toe in mud, and have dried yourselves off, The Fenwick in Claughton is just a 2-minute drive from Hornby. Offering a perfect place to relax in front of the fire, and maybe even try their famous Seafood dishes! The Fenwick also happens to be just a 5-minute drive from our office in Caton, so why not arrange a date for Max and your pups on the way home! 

The Walk

Hornby Castle

The Fenwick

Meet Max!

Forest of Bowland, Langden Castle (approx. 2hr 30min) 

Taking you into another of the Lune Valley’s surrounding Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this trail offers you fantastic views, and an opportunity to observe a wealth of natural wildlife.  

A circular route, the Langden castle walk follows the valleys of Langden and Haredon, providing scenic views of the gorgeous English countryside. The track is relatively easy, so don’t fret too much if your dog isn’t a grade A hiker, however, there is a small brook alongside the castle ruins, which they will have to splash through to continue the trail.  

This route is great for dogs, however during the summer, the owners of the land do request to keep them controlled and on a lead. 

The land is all owned by United Utilities and dogs must be kept on leads from March 1 to December 10 each year. 

Forest of Bowland website

After your walk, you may find yourself fairly tired, with your fur babies huffing along beside you. This calls for a visit to The Inn at Whitewell, a bar & restaurant holding many awards for its food, and renowned for its excellent service.  

The Walk

Dog Friendly Bowland

The Inn at Whitewell

Let us know if you have any suggestions, and we will be sure to make a Part 3!

Tried any of these walks? Let us know – Contact Us!

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