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The Vale of the Lune

Walking Lancashire’s limestone hills and coast and walking along the river, allowing you to explore the neighbouring countryside.

  • England

  • 6 nights
  • Half Board
  • Landscape

  • Sep

  • Average group size: 12-14

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Grade 4

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 and the average length of the walks is 9 miles. Expect two days of ascents and descents which will be no more than 425m. 

See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

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Classic Collection

Thoughtfully designed, meticulously planned, carefully graded, and expertly guided walking tours and hiking holidays along well-loved and off-the-beaten-track footpaths.

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.
  • Ascend the Fairy Steps on the Limestone Link from Arnside to Hutton Roof.
  • 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. The walks on this holiday will take you along the river and allow us to explore the neighbouring countryside. 

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. You will also follow the canal and coastal path into Carnforth. 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.


  • En suite three-star hotel accommodation on a half board basis
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach and public buses
  • Services of a Classic Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Lunches
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel insurance

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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Tour Codes

78406

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.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Independent arrival to the Royal Kings Arms Hotel 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 located in the heart of Lancaster 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 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    142/131m

You will start the first day's walk from the hotel and leave the city alongside the River Lune. 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. Beyond Waterworks bridge we head for the village of Brookhouse and across farmland to Forge Mill, where bobbins were manufactured.

Day 3

Lune Valley Ramble - Stage 2

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    Negligible m

The start today is near Hornby at the historical Loyn Bridge dating from 1684. For much of the way along the river you will have the impressive outline of Ingleborough ahead. The Lune is a well known salmon river and in season it is possible to see these fine fish jumping on their way up to spawn in the head waters. The finish is at Devil's Bridge next to the charming market town of Kirkby Lonsdale.

Day 4

Grizedale, Nicky Nook and Wyresdale Park

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    290/225m

A walk up Grizedale on the western slopes of the Forest of Bowland and up to the top of Nicky Nook for outstanding views of Morecambe Bay and the Lake District. You will then descend to Wyresdale Park for a lunch stop and continue to beautiful Dolphinholme village walking along the River Wyre.

Day 5

Hest Bank & the Lancashire Coastal Path

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    10 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    90m

Today's walk follows the canal towpath from Lancaster to Hest Bank, including the aqueduct across the Lune. Then walk along the shores of Morecambe Bay on the coastal path into Carnforth. You will catch the train back so you can have a look at the Heritage Centre at Carnforth station of ‘Brief Encounter’ fame and if time allows, you can enjoy tea in the station tearoom. 

Day 6

The Limestone Link

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9.8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    382/300m

Today you will carry out a linear walk from Arnside on Morecambe Bay to Hutton Roof, through farmland and woods and across limestone pavements. At one point our path squeezes between two sheer rock faces via a flight of natural stone stairs, the Fairy Steps. If you climb 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 7

Departure day

Meals

Breakfast

Depart the hotel 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

7th Sep 2024 - 13th Sep 2024 (6 Nights)

Travel Details

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

Nearest mainline railway station: Lancaster (West Coast mainline)

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.

Royal Kings Arms Hotel

The newly refurbished Royal Kings Arms Hotel is housed in a historic building in the centre of Lancaster, with 55 unique bedrooms offering a comfortable bed and everything you need for an enjoyable stay. The hotel is situated in the heart of Lancaster with the Castle, Priory, shops and galleries only a short walk away. 

The standard bedrooms have tea & coffee making facilities, free Wi-Fi and TV. Please note that this hotel is centrally located and as with many city centre hotels, bedrooms can be on the small side. Due to the location, some rooms can be noisy from road noise outside. Being so central, this hotel is in a perfect location for our holiday programme, however these points should be considered.  

Breakfasts and evening meals (2 courses only) are included and will be taken in the hotel's Brasserie Restaurant. Lunches are not included but supplies can easily be purchased locally. 

Due to the hotel's city centre location, the hotel does not having any parking facilities. If you intend on driving to the holiday, you will need to find a public car park. There are plenty of chargeable public car parks in the local vicinity, however the hotel recommends you try Dallas Road car park (LA1 1AE). Parking is paid by meter, telephone or you can download an App (details shown on arrival at the Lancaster City Council car park). Charges are approximately £12 per 24 hours. You may find it is more economical to join the holiday using public transport.  

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 and the average length of the walks is 9 miles. 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

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

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. Due to the hotel's city centre location, the hotel does not having any parking facilities. If you intend on driving to the holiday, you will need to find a public car park. There are plenty of chargeable public car parks in the local vicinity, however the hotel recommends you try Dallas Road car park (LA1 1AE). Parking is paid by meter, telephone or you can download an App (details shown on arrival at the Lancaster City Council car park). Charges are approximately £12 per 24 hours, however if you use code 4975 this will allow you to stay long stay for a week for £17. It will be helpful if you register for the RingGo app before arriving at the car park. Alternatively, you may find it is more economical to join the holiday using public transport.   

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 leaders: 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 leaders and an outline of the planned programme for your holiday.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Meals

Accommodation is on a half board with breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotel. A two course evening meal will be provided each evening, so you can choose between a starter and main course or a main course and dessert. Lunches are at your own expense and paid locally.

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

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

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

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

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

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

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

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.


Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

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

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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