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Walks around Lancaster have something for everyone. For those wanting to take things easy, there are gentle ambles by its pretty canal and beside the River Lune, as well as coastal strolls along Morecambe Bay. Seafront walks reveal the remains of monastic abbeys, picturesque lighthouses, historic harbours and vibrant nature reserves.


Longer adventures await in the region’s two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB): the sprawling Forest of Bowland to the east and the delightful Arnside and Silverdale to the north. A short train ride from the town centre brings you to the Arnside and Silverdale AONB. Characterised by its spectacular limestone pavements, vibrant woodlands, lovely coast and spectacular views across to the southern Lakeland Fells, some of the finest hikes around Lancaster are found here. 


Hillwalkers may want to to turn their attention to the Forest of Bowland AONB to the east, a vast upland of wild gritstone fells and peat moorland interrupted by deep, scenic valleys. The ‘Forest’ in the name refers to the area’s hunting history, rather than any expanse of woodland, which is conspicuously absent.


Top 20 best walks and hikes around Lancaster

    1
    Intermediate
    03:41
    8.35 mi
    2.3 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    2
    Intermediate
    04:21
    8.28 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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  • 3
    Easy
    01:49
    4.41 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    4
    Intermediate
    02:47
    5.24 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    5
    Intermediate
    03:01
    6.81 mi
    2.3 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    6
    Difficult
    05:36
    13.6 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    7
    Intermediate
    04:27
    9.06 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    8
    Easy
    01:29
    3.41 mi
    2.3 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    9
    Intermediate
    04:36
    11.2 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    10
    Intermediate
    04:58
    11.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    11
    Intermediate
    02:20
    5.74 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    12
    Intermediate
    02:20
    5.74 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    13
    Intermediate
    02:17
    5.48 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    14
    Intermediate
    02:41
    4.84 mi
    1.8 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    15
    Easy
    01:16
    2.56 mi
    2.0 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    16
    Intermediate
    02:19
    5.61 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    17
    Intermediate
    02:41
    6.50 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    18
    Easy
    01:25
    3.22 mi
    2.3 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    19
    Easy
    01:37
    3.96 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    20
    Intermediate
    02:45
    6.71 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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