Northern Loop Completed
Earlier this month I completed the final (probably) section or Loop of the Lancashire Way – the Northern Loop.
Having created the Lancashire Way over many years, and having now finished the Northern Loop, I believe that this is probably the best of the three, although each has its own particular characteristics and charm.
It is the longest of the three loops at 108 miles and ascends just over 10,000 feet and includes the two highest peaks on the Way – Gragareth/Green Hill at 2,060ft and Ward Stone at 1,840ft, which is just a few feet higher than Pendle Hill, the next highest peak. Gragareth is the only mountain in Lancashire making it a special part of the Lancashire Way.
This section of the Lancashire Way is generally quite rural like the Central Loop and probably matches the Central Loop in terms of having some of the best scenery that the county has to offer. Whilst there are hills and a mountain, beautiful villages and magnificent rivers, and in particular the River Lune, its defining feature is the coastline. We follow this for around 12 miles and Morecambe Bay never seems that far away, with the sea often in the distance. There is some history, especially in Lancaster, but it is dominated by the beauty and, in some places the bleakness, of the landscape.
Unlike the other two loops, it begins and ends in Lancaster, which again helps with logistics, being easy to reach with good rail and road links.
There are fourteen Stages in total.
Click on the link below to go directly to the route.