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Walk 1: Bolton-le-Sands from Carnforth






This is an easy walk along the towpath to the pleasant village of Bolton-le-Sands, returning along quiet, flower rich lanes and tracks. The canal winds through pastures inland from the sands, revealing expansive views across Morecambe Bay to the Cartmel and Furness Peninsulas (both part of Lancashire until 1973)and the mountainous heart of the Lake District. Distance/time: 4.5 miles (7.5km)/2 hours 30 mins. Please note: walkers are politely reminded to observe the Country Code, which includes the following: • Enjoy the countryside and respect its life and work. • Guard against all risk of fire. • Fasten all gates. • Keep your dog(s) under close control. • Keep to public paths across farmland. • Use gates and stiles to cross fences, hedges and walls. • Leave livestock, crops and machinery alone. • Take your litter home. • Help to keep all water clean. • Protect wildlife plants and trees. • Take special care on country roads. • Refrain from unnecessary noise.

Walk Waypoints

  1. 1 From Market Street cross the traffic lights and continue along Kellet Road to the canal bridge. Before the bridge turn right down to the play area and on to the canal towpath. Turn right and continue past the Carnforth Marina and on to Bolton-le-Sands. At the first bridge in the village you can cross to visit a community woodland but return via the footpath to continue along the towpath right into the centre of the village.
  2. 2 At bridge 122, turn off the towpath, cross the bridge and walk up the hill, St Michael’s Lane, towards the sharp spire of the Catholic church. Cross the main road slightly right, and then bear left up along Bolton Lane, towards Nether Kellet. After a hundred yards, take Mount Pleasant Lane to the left. In half a mile, this reaches a crossroads with Thwaite Brow Lane. Continue straight across, the lane soon becoming a rougher track.
  3. 3 Shortly, just before Mount Pleasant itself, the track bears right round the buildings. Continue along the track to pass down through a gate to the canal. Beside the canal, back to the left, are old brick-built cinder ovens. These were once used for the burning of coal to make coke.
  4. 4 Go over the canal bridge, turn right and then right onto the towpath to continue in the same direction as before, with the canal on your right. At the marina, bear left to the A6, and continue to the centre of town.

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