468 Crooklands

"Who needs canals?", they said back in the 1960's when motorway building was all the rage. So they chopped up the Northern Reaches of the Lancaster Canal into little bits and forgot about it. Fortunately a delightful stretch survives, though it's quite a surprise when you get to Stainton. One side of the Crossing Bridge is a peaceful waterway and the other a meadow. But there is a 50 million pound plan to open the final 14 miles to Kendal. Let's hope they are successful.

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LOCATION: Six miles south of Kendal
START: A65 Endmoor. Road side parking on Woodside Road
Grid ref: SD540849 Postcode: LA8 0HE
DISTANCE: 5 miles
TIME: 2.5 hours
MAP: Explorer OL - English Lakes, South Eastern area Landranger 97
REFRESHMENTS: Crooklands Hotel
EN ROUTE: Lancaster Canal

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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