Published: 5th DECEMBER 2023

Upgrades start on Lune Valley Greenway

We’ve started the first stage of an exciting project to improve and extend the Lune Valley Greenway this week.

a walking and cycling route with bollards

Our team will be improving accessibility along the section of path between Caton to Bull Beck

Our North team are upgrading access and surfacing on the path between Station Road, Caton and its eastern end, near Bull Beck picnic site.

We’re carrying out the work with Lancashire County Council.

The route, which currently runs from Lancaster City Centre to Bull Beck, is part of National Route 69.

It’s a popular path for people walking and cycling for leisure, as well as commuting for school and workplaces through to Lancaster.

The upgrades will allow more people in wheelchairs, mobility scooters, non-standard cycles, or larger pushchairs to access the route and enjoy it for leisure and short trips.

In this phase we are making improvements to:

  • access points where the greenway crosses Station Road, Caton, Eller’s Farm, Caton and Holme Lane, Caton,
  • the existing access ramp leading to Bull Beck Picnic Site,
  • path surfaces between Caton and the eastern end of the trail where there is damage caused by protruding tree roots.
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Eventually we aim for the route to follow the direction of the River Lune from Lancaster to Kirkby Lonsdale, then head across to Ingleton, linking communities as we go. Blockquote quotation marks
Josh Morland, Sustrans

In this phase we are making improvements to:

  • access points where the greenway crosses Station Road, Caton, Eller’s Farm, Caton and Holme Lane, Caton,
  • the existing access ramp leading to Bull Beck Picnic Site,
  • path surfaces between Caton and the eastern end of the trail where there is damage caused by protruding tree roots.

Our North team has also been exploring options and funding to extend the greenway further up the Valley, from Bull Beck through to Hornby, Wennington, Kirkby Lonsdale and Ingleton.

Josh Morland at Sustrans is managing the construction works.  

Josh said: “Improvement works along the path from Caton to Bull Beck mark an exciting start to what we hope will become an ambitious extension of the Lune Valley Greenway.

“We hope the greenway can become a vibrant, multi-user, green corridor for both people and nature.

"Eventually we aim for the route to follow the direction of the River Lune from Lancaster to Kirkby Lonsdale, then head across to Ingleton, linking communities as we go.

“The greenway is already a well-loved path for people walking and cycling, as well as a quiet space for nature.

"This work will allow more people to access the path on foot, bicycle or a mobility aid and enjoy all the benefits of this route.

"It will also help reduce traffic, improve air quality and protect the environment in the area too.”

Sustrans received funding from the Department for Transport to carry out the improvements between Caton to Bull Beck, as part of its national Paths for Everyone programme to create a high-quality National Cycle Network that everyone is able to access.

Find out more about the improvements between Caton to Bull Beck

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