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The Vale of the Lune

Walking Lancashire’s limestone hills and coast

From£695

  • England

  • 6 nights
  • Half Board
  • May

    Aug

    Sep

Moderate

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Tour codes: 78406

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 4

Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.

Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.

Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • The Lune Valley Ramble. At 16 miles – a short long-distance walk, we spend two days on the trail
  • The panoramic views across Morecambe Bay to the lakeland hills
  • Descend the Fairy Steps on the Limestone Link from Arnside to Kirkby Lonsdale
  • In season look out for salmon leaping in the Lune

The River Lune rises in Cumbria at Ravenstonedale and wends its way down from the moors above Sedburgh, past Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancaster and to the sea at Glasson. It flows through changing but always beautiful scenic countryside, from the high Pennines around Kirkby Lonsdale, through the historic city of Lancaster to the coast at Glasson. Our walks on this holiday will take us along the river and allow us to explore the neighbouring countryside. 

We walk the Lune Valley Ramble to Crook O’Lune, painted by J.M.W. Turner, before reaching Hornby in the higher country with the impressive outline of Ingleborough ahead. We will also follow the canal and coastal path into Carnforth. We catch the train back to Lancaster, and whilst waiting for the train you can have a look at Carnforth station where the Refreshment Room was used as the setting for the film ‘Brief Encounter’. It is beautifully preserved from 1945 when the film was made.

The walking throughout the holiday is extremely varied but not hugely demanding allowing moderate graded walkers to enjoy the best of the area.


  • Half board en-suite accommodation
  • Transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary
  • Services of a dedicated tour leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Independent arrival to the Toll House Inn in Lancaster. Check in is from 2pm. Your leader will meet you for an evening briefing before dinner. All dinners will be taken in the hotel restaurant throughout your stay. The hotel is close by the centre of town for anybody wishing to have a look around on arrival. The castle, cathedral and Ashton Memorial for fine views over the city, are highlights.

Day 2

Lune Valley Ramble - Stage 1

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    10.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    Negligible m

We can catch a public bus from town and take the 10 minute journey to Halton to start our first day's walk heading east along a dismantled railway and alongside the River Lune. We pass castles and continue our walk to Hornby. The ramble traces the old Lancaster to Wennington railway line, to reach Crook O'Lune, where the river meanders in the shape of a shepherd's crook handle, painted by JMW Turner. The climbing today is minimal and the views are marvellous. The Lune is a well known salmon river. In season it is possible to see these fine fish jumping on their way up to spawn in the head waters.


Day 3

Lune Valley Ramble - Stage 2

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.25 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    Negligible m

Continuing from Hornby we walk into higher country. We start at the historical Loyn Bridge dating from 1684. For much of the way we have the impressive outline of Ingleborough ahead of us. We finish at Devil's Bridge next to the charming market town of Kirkby Lonsdale. 


Day 4

The Limestone Link

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6.5 hours

  • Distance

    12 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    425/365m

Today we carry out a linear walk from Arnside on Morecambe Bay to Kirkby Lonsdale, over limestone pavements and climbing the ‘Fairy Steps’. Our path squeezes between two sheer rock faces via a flight of natural stone stairs, the Fairy Steps. If you climb or descend the steps without touching the limestone sides of the narrow gully, the fairies will grant your wish. Give it a try on your way. You have little to lose and much to gain if it turns out to be true.

Day 5

Grizedale, Wyresdale and Nicky Nook

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.75 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    275/215m

A walk up Grizedale and up to the top of Nicky Nook for outstanding views of Morecambe Bay and the Lake District. We then descend to Wyresdale for a lunch stop then continue to Dolphinholme village walking along the River Wyre. 

Day 6

Hest Bank & the Lancashire Coastal Path

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.75 hours

  • Distance

    8.25 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    Negligible m

Our final walk follows the canal from Lancaster to Hest Bank and then the coastal path into Carnforth. The canal is on the other side of the road from our hotel so access could hardly be more straightforward. Whilst waiting for the coach home, be sure to have a look at Carnforth station of ‘Brief Encounter’ fame and if time allows you can enjoy tea in the station tea room.

Day 7

Departure day

Meals

Breakfast

Depart the Toll House Inn after breakfast. Check out is by 11am. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon.

Departure dates for your selected tour

15th May 2021 - 21st May 2021 (6 Nights)

14th Aug 2021 - 20th Aug 2021 (6 Nights)

4th Sep 2021 - 10th Sep 2021 (6 Nights)

Travel Details

Transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary, is included.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Toll House Inn

The Toll House Inn overlooks the Lancaster Canal and is a classic and elegant hotel with shops and restaurants close by. It is located about 10 minutes' walk through the town centre from Lancaster train station. Lancaster Castle with its beautiful grounds are located a short distance away. 

The Inn is a historic building with a stylish bar and relaxed restaurant. There are spacious and modern bedrooms, each with air conditioning, flat screen digital TV and tea & coffee making facilities. Free Wi-Fi is also available. 

Breakfasts and dinners each day are taken in the hotel's traditionally styled dining room. The kitchen uses locally sourced produce and the bar serves local cask ales and hand picked wines from small vineyards. 

Limited parking is available on site for a small charge per night. Please pre-book directly by telephoning the hotel. Alternatively parking is available on Thurnham Street, where charges apply at the public car park.

Check in is available from 2pm and check out is by 11am. 

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This Grade 4 moderate holiday includes full day walks at a moderate pace over flat terrain for the majority of the time. Any elevation is minimal. Some walks are at the top end of the grade in terms of distance, however is on flat terrain so still within the grade. The walking each day will be around 5 - 6 hours of walking. Expect two days of ascents and descents which will be no more than 425m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

To reach the hotel…

by car: The hotel is easily accessible from the M6. Leave the M6 at junction 34 and follow directions to Lancaster City Centre (A683). The hotel is located on Penny Street, off the A6. The post code for the hotel is LA1 1XT and the post code for the hotel car park is LX1 1XU. 

by rail: The nearest railway station is Lancaster which is served by direct trains from London Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds amongst other places. The hotel is a short taxi ride from the station (0.7 miles). 

by coach: The nearest bus/coach station is in the city centre of Lancaster. You can then get a taxi to the hotel. 

You may also wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the hotel: www.rome2rio.com 

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. Details can be found at: www.theaa.co.uk and www.rac.co.uk 

Meeting your tour leader and fellow walkers: Please check the time of dinner (approximately 7:00pm) on arrival at the hotel, and aim to be in the hotel lounge half an hour before dinner for an introduction to your tour leader, an outline of the planned programme for your holiday and the chance to meet your walking companions.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

Passport Information for United Kingdom

Any non UK or EU citizens may be subject to passport, identity card or visa requirements to enter the United Kingdom.

Meals

This tour is offered on a half board basis, with breakfasts and dinners taken in the hotel's restaurant. Lunches are not included and are at your own expense. You can either purchase a packed lunch from the hotel or there will be opportunities to purchase supplies each day.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Our intended route is covered by the following maps:

Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure series (1:25,000):
OL2 Yorkshire Dales South and West

OL7 English Lakes South Eastern area 

OL41 Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Although not compulsory for British and EU citizens resident in the UK, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of eventualities such as unexpected cancellation, accident or illness before your holiday or the loss of personal possessions.

Visitors who are not British Citizens (or who are not EU citizens resident in the UK), must be adequately insured to join our holidays and will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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