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GUIDE TO THE RIVER LUNE

(Rawthey Confluence to Rigmaden Bridge)

NAME OF RIVER: Lune.

WHERE IS IT?: It flows down from the Pennines and Eastern Lake District towards Lancaster.

PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS:

The latest British Canoeing access guide (March 2015) can be found here.

Launch at the layby below the Rawthey confluence (SD 630891). To access here - stick to the bridleway opposite the layby until it nears the river to find a good launch point. Note driving from Kirby Lonsdale direction, there are two laybys on the right of the road...you want the second to drop off boats and boaters, though the first can sometimes be the better choice for parking up.

Please note that the Rigmaden Estate presently (April 2015) are not permitting access across the field at Rigmaden Bridge without permission first being obtained (SD616847). Details of how to apply for this permission and the restrictions that it entails are included in the access guide. In order to avoid trespassing on the land at Rigmaden Bridge you may wish to continue to paddle downstream and use any of the public rights of way en-route to egress the river. Or, continue down the following enjoyable stretch.

APPROX LENGTH: 3 miles.

TIME NEEDED: 1 hour at a moderate pace with a good water level.

ACCESS HASSLES: 

The latest British Canoeing access guide (March 2015) can be found here.

The current Regional Waterways Adviser, Barry Curley, may be contacted using email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WATER LEVEL INDICATORS:

GRADING: 1-2.

MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS:

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: River from here to Rigmaden is of similar nature to the section below Rigmaden and makes for a worthwhile extended trip - especially in higher water.

OTHER NOTES:

CONTRIBUTED BY: Mark Benson.