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Cumbria, England

Crooklands and the Lancaster Canal walking and hiking route


Walk Instructions

Descend a few rudimentary steps at the side of a small building, used as an information centre by the Lancaster Canal Trust. Turn left to walk along the former towpath, an attractively broad grass embankment, soon passing an information board. Pass under Oldhall Bridge, no 167. The countryside adjoining the canal is pleasantly pastoral, gently undulating. Pass under bridge no 168 Mattinson's Bridge, then no. 169, Field End Bridge. There are two wider sections of canal which is home to various waterfowl, including swans. There is a fourth bridge at Stainton Bridge End. No 170 and then a section on an aqueduct over Stainton Beck before the prasent terminus of the water-filled portion of canal is reached. All bridges appear to have been built to a similar design, sturdy stone structures, built to endure.

1) At the end of the water-filled section of the canal go ahead (signpost 'Kendal 6'), under a bridge and over a stile to continue for a half mile to see the east portal of Hincaster Tunnel. Return by the same route to point 1, bearing left. (To omit the extension to the tunnel bear right, around the head of the water). Join a minor road in a few metres, bearing right. Walk along the road, passing two rows of cottages.

2) At a 'footpath/bridleway' sign on the left, go through a gate, bearing right in 30m. to go over a waymarked stile. The path continues, faint over grass, with a hedge on the left. To the right is Stainton Beck. Pass but do not cross, a footbridge on the right. Stay fairly close to the stream to reach a stile. Go over, turn right, then right again to cross the beck on a delightful old footbridge. Turn left at the road to continue through Stainton hamlet.

3) Sixty metres beyond Stainton Chapel turn right. There is a 'High Commonmire' footpath sign. Go over a stone stile. The path is not very clear on the grass; head a little to the south east, angling towards the hedge on the right, where there is a squeezer stile. Head for a belt of trees, going over a stile before reaching a waymarked junction among the trees. Go to the right, soon leaving the woodland at a waymarked gate/stile. Continue the previous line across the next field, rising gently to the left of visible farm buildings (High Commonmire). At a gate/stile join a farm track. Turn right, towards the buildings of High Commonmire. In forty metres turn left over a stile, at a public footpath signpost. Keep a wall on the left as the path rises, through a gateway to a waymarked gate/stile at the top, with longer views now to the east. The hamlet in view to the left is Summerland.

4) Turn right, to a gate/stile. There are more gates and stiles. Cross a lane (signpost 'Stubbs Farm 1/4 mile') and continue to the south with a wall on the right. Descend towards Stubbs Farm, accessed over two stiles in the bottom right corner of a field. There is a 'public footpath to Crooklands' signpost. Turn right to go straight through the farm, leaving by a farm roadway. The descent continues, heading left of North Lodge to a signposted stile giving access to a minor road.

5) Turn right, pass North Lodge, turning left at once along a lane 'public footpath Crooklands', passing Old Hall and Carter House. At an isolated farm building, the original track goes through what is now a stockyard. There is a waymark pointing to the left; follow this round the building, bearing right, through a gate and over rough ground to regain the original route, with the hedge on the right. At a waymarked gate, go left, now with hedge on the left. The hill in view ahead is Farleton Knott. A clear track heads straight to Crooklands, through a farmyard at the end.

6) Turn right along the verge of A65 road close to the Crooklands Hotel; pass a bus shelter before turning right in 100m, crossing Crooklands Bridge to return to the parking area.


Disclaimer: This route was correct at time of writing. However, alterations can happen if development or boundary changes occur, and there is no guarantee of permanent access. These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that neither HPB Management Limited nor any other person connected with Holiday Property Bond is responsible for the safety or wellbeing of those following the routes as described. It is walkers' own responsibility to be adequately prepared and equipped for the ‎level of walk and the weather conditions and to assess the safety and accessibility of the walk.


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