Lune trip details

Open Canoeing on the Lune

A long river split into four parts.
Region: North West
Discipline: Whitewater
Difficulty: Intermediate
Grade: 3
Length: 9 km
Average Time: 2 hrs
Start: Start at Rigmaden Bridge, or the which is on the road signposted 'Old Town' off the A683. Park on downstream river left. Access to the river is via a footpath through a gate on downstream river right.
Finish: You can get out at Devils bridge.

The Lune begins with a  fast flow from th Rigmaden bridge. You'll soon come across a grade one rapid on the first of several bends in the river. Grade one and two rapdis follow this, as the river winds through the valley. On the last bend, you will see Holme House on river right.

The river quickly  divides around a shingle island; on the river right a route can be spotted but it is shallow. More pleasent grade one rapids follow.

A left hand bend marks another grade two rapid just the road comes close to the river. This can be shot down the righthand side of the river. About 50 yards below here Barbon Beck tumbles in on river left.

You will soon past Underley Hall Bridge, just downstream of the bridge is  the best grade rapid of the trip so far. Further downstream still you'll come across a cliff face  which causes the river to take a sharp right hand bend into a deep pool. More grade one rapids follow this.

The rivers nature continues with steady grade one rapids. You will soon float  sedately past Ruskin's View and St. Mary's church high up on  the river right. The river slolwy sweeps left around  the town of Kirby Lonsdale, you'll then come across a large shingle island. The right channel can be shallow or snarled up with debris. The left channel is ideal at perhaps grade two; though watch out for over hanging trees. Next up on the agenda is a grade two, this rapid requires a bit more thought to avoid some of the nasty pinning rocks.

The next land mark is  Devil's Bridge, just above it,  lies the final rapid, a grade two 'S'-bend. Be careful as there is a large tree trunk protruding from the left bank, some way into the main course of the river. It can be more of a problem when the river is high.

The get out is just under Devil's Bridge, on river right you will find a path leads up to the car park through a narrow gap in the wall.

Here's some video footage of the Open Canoe Symposium on the River Lune

Accommodation: There's plenty of hostels and places to stay around Kirby Lonsdale.

Food and Drinks: Again there's a a few pubs to choose from in the area.

Canoe Shops: Windermere Canoes and Brookbank Canoes

Guidebooks: English Whitewater and Lake District Whitewater

Useful Websites:

Kayaking and canoeing are assumed risk sports and you should take every effort to become aware of any dangers involved. These guides are not intended as instruction manuals they are just as the name suggests... guides. They can give you access and egress information and give you a flavour of the water you'll encounter, but water is an ever-changing environment. Rivers change with varying water levels, trees get stuck, and banks can collapse. Never assume a river is safe just because you read it in a guide. You must use your own judgement and experiences to make the decision whether to paddle, or not. And as rivers change so to at sea can the weather conditions and tides change. All information has been checked to the best of our ability, is given in good faith, and we hope will be helpful, but all information should be checked locally and you and you alone are responsible for your decisions to undertake any of the paddling trips contained within it. The authors and publisher can accept no responsibility for any inconvenience, injury or loss sustained by any persons as a result of information given in this guide.

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