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Lune Valley

The River Lune begins its journey on the northern slopes of the Howgills, then flows west to Tebay before doing a sharp left near Junction 38 of the M6. It then journeys south along the western slopes of the Howgills before the valley opens out as it flows towards Kirkby Lonsdale.

Hump-backed Howgills

The Howgill Fells dominate the whole length of the valley with their distinctive rounded profiles - likened by the famous fell-walker, Alfred Wainwright, to "a herd of sleeping elephants" or more poetically by writers Ella Pontefract and Marie Hartley,  "...hump-backed hills as sleek as sealskin, reflect the sunlight like shot silk".

River Lune

The Dales Way runs alongside the River Lune linking up with other footpaths from the Howgill Fells. In many places the river course is rocky and cuts through a gorge deepened during the Ice Age by ice moving from north to south. Its banks are lined by trees and shrubs that tend to screen it to wider views.

Killington Nature reserve

Wildlife at Killington Local Nature Reserve

Lune Rivers Trust

Information about the Lune Rivers Trust (links to external website)

Essential visitor info

How to get here, where to stay and more.

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