Kirkby Lonsdale is situated where Cumbria, the Yorkshire Dales and the Trough of Bowland meet, providing an almost infinite amount of walking in the area
Whether you choose a gentle amble through the Lune Valley, a bracing march over the Yorkshire Dales or to blow the cobwebs away in the heights of the Lake District; there is something for everyone.
The four main walking areas within a short drive are the Yorkshire Dales and the Howgills, Forest of Bowland and the Lake District.
The Three Peaks of the Yorkshire Dales
The “Dales” provide miles of wonderful walking in ever changing scenery with the dales themselves dominating the scene. Higher ground abounds culminating in the three classic major peaks of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-ghent.
Situated east of the Lake District the Howgills lie mostly within the boundaries of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The Howgills are one of the forgotten walking areas in England. The “hippo like” outlines of the fells are distinctive, most often seen by those tearing up the M6 motorway between Kendal and Penrith. Despite the lack of crags it is great walking country and you can wander for hours in the knowledge you are unlikely to meet more than a handful of other people.
Forest of Bowland AONB
Located in northern Lancashire immediately to the south of Kirkby Lonsdale, the Forest of Bowland includes wild upland and cultivated valleys. Essentially part of the main Pennine range, the area is dominated by gritstone fells with summits above 450 m and large areas of heather-covered peat moorland. Pendle Hill, a large isolated hill, is located in the south eastern edge of the area.
The Southern Fells of the Lake District National Park
The highest mountain in England (Scafell Pike) and some other equally impressive neighbours make this area an important one for all walkers. Included in this area are Eskdale, Great Langdale, Wasdale, parts of Borrowdale and the Duddon Valley, all adding an extra dimension to the high ground. Other great peaks include the Old Man of Coniston, Scafell, Great End, Esk Pike, Bowfell and the Crinkle Crags just to name a few.