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National Cycle Network
Lancaster to Kendal
Cycling along the Lancaster Canal Towpath
The National Cycle Network
The National Cycle Network
The Lancaster to Kendal cycle route is part of the National Cycle Network Route 6. The Network comprises 10,000 miles of traffic-free routes and traffic- calmed or minor roads. The first 5,000 miles is already open with the remainder due for completion by 2005. The Network is co-ordinated by Sustrans in conjunction with more than 450 local authorities and other partners. The Lancaster to Kendal section of Route 6 intersects with other key national and regional cycle routes, including the Pennine Cycleway (National Cycle Route 68),
Route 72/20 - Walney Island to Sunderland - due to open 2005, the Lancashire Cycleway (Regional Route 90) and the Cumbria Cycleway (Regional Route 30). National Cycle Route 6 continues northwards into the Lake District National Park, passing through Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere and Keswick and onwards to Gretna.

Sustrans (the sustainable transport charity) is a charity that works on practical projects to encourage people to walk and cycle more, as a starting point for reducing motor traffic and tackling its adverse effects. As well as the National Cycle Network, these include building safe routes to schools and to stations and creating cycle - and pedestrian - friendly transport schemes.
Cycling Code of Conduct
National Cycle Network Route 6 uses a canal towpath and other paths shared with pedestrians. When cycling on the towpath or multi user paths:
  • Slow down when approaching pedestrians.
  • Ring your bell to let them know that you are there.
  • Give way to pedestrians, pass them slowly and give them plenty of room. Stop if necessary.
  • Be polite - a "hello" and "thank you" means a lot.
  • Slow down at bridges where visibility is limited.
  • Ride at a gentle pace on canal towpaths.
  • Remember many people are hard of hearing or visually impaired. Do not assume that they can see or hear you.
  • Give way to people in wheelchairs.
Route in Lancaster
Cycle Route in Lancaster Lancaster
With attractive cycle routes radiating out from the spectacular Millennium Bridge into the surrounding countryside, the historic city of Lancaster is becoming one of the best places in the country to cycle. The city grew rich in the eighteenth century as a major port trading with America and the West Indies. It is linked by cycle path to the nearby resort of Morecambe, where you can enjoy attractive views across the bay to the Lakeland hills. Cycles can be hired at the railway station.

A medieval market town of broad streets, narrow 'yards' and impressive bridges across the fast-flowing River Kent, Kendal's history is steeped in the cloth- and shoe-making trades. It is the site of two castles, one of which was owned by the family of Henry Vlll's sixth wife, Catherine Parr, Contemporary Kendal remains the hub of the South Lakes, linked to the West Coast Line at Oxenhoime Station, and is the gateway to the Lake District National Park. For those taking a break before continuing on National Route 6 northwards towards Windermere, Ambleside and Keswick, Kendal offers good shopping, an impressive range of places to eat, and attractions such as the Brewery Arts Centre and the internationally renowned Abbot Hall Gallery.

Arnside ~ Silverdale
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Between Camforth and Milnthorpe the National Cycle Route passes through the Arnside - Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The AONB is an area of ~ low wooded limestone hills with an enchanting coastline. Use the Lancashire Cycleway, Cumbria Cycleway and National Cycle Route to make a loop of the area.

Carnforth Connect
Between Camforth and Milnthorpe the Camforth Connect Bus carries up to two bicycles.
Route in Kendal
Lancaster Canal
The Lancaster Canal was opened in 1797, to take coal north and agricultural products south. Fast passenger boats, such as the "Waterwitch", ran on the canal linking Kendal, Lancaster and Preston. When the M6 was constructed in the 1960s, 14 miles of canal were cut off. This stretch is known as the 'Northern Reaches' and is the subject of an ambitious £50 million restoration scheme to restore the canal to the heart of Kendal by 2008. The National Cycle Route runs along the in-filled line of the Lancaster Canal in Kendal. In Lancaster, the canal also offers an attractive route round the city centre. The Lune Aqueduct on the east side of the city is one of the seven wonders of the canal age.

To cycle on the canal towpath you need a free permit, available from British Waterways, Main Road, Galgate Lancaster LA2 OLQ. Tel: (01524) 751888

Please remember that you are responsible for your own safety and the safety of others on canal tow/paths. Permission to cycle on the towpath may be withdrawn if you cycle in an inconsiderate way and you could be liable to prosecution.
Cycle Route in Kendal
For more information and further details use the contacts below.
British Waterways Web Site          Sustrans - Routes for People          The Lancashire County Council          The Cumbria County Council
Sustrans Tel: 0117 929 0888 -
Lancashire County Council Tel: 01772 534609 -
Cumbria County Council Tel: 01228 606733 -
Tourist Information Lancaster - Tel: 01524 32878. Kendal - 01539 725758