A walk through a lovely area of north Lancashire.
Distance: 7.5 miles 12k
Grade: Mainly easy but with a short climb from Yealand Conyers to Deepdale Wood.
return to Tarn Lane and turn left. Cross the railway and then just before the canal bridge go through a gate on the right to join the tow path of the Lancaster Canal.
On reaching it turn right. This part of the canal is cut off from the main navigable line by what will become apparent in 600yds when you are confronted by the M6 motorway.
When you can go no further take a side track on the right to rejoin Tarn Lane. At the junction turn left to cross the M6. On the far side turn right onto a side road and access the canal by a gate on the left.
Quickly you arrive at the former Tewitfield Locks. At the first bridge
take a track on the right which leads down to take you under the M6.
On the far side follow the footpath as turns right and continues alongside the motorway embankment. At the end of the field turn left (there is no other alternative) and at the next corner bear right into the adjacent field.
Keeping to the hedgerow on the right brings you to a farm track on the far side.
Follow the track into the next field and then to set of metal gates. Through these cross the railway bridge and then continue to the A6.
Cross into Dykes Lane. At the junction turn left onto the drive to Dykes House. As you reach its yard cross to a picket gate
leading into a huge field. Here follow the line of telephone poles which lead to a corner. After this continue to a wooden gate in a wall leading onto Yealand Road.
Turn left. At the next junction turn right on Peter Lane.
Where the lane bends left turn right onto a footpath.
When you reach a large meadow
cross to the far right corner. Here another signpost
points left for Deepdale Wood in front of a gate and squeeze stile. After crossing a wooden stile the path enters dense woodland, breaks slightly left, clambers over a limestone outcrop and continues to a wooden gate. Through this turn left and then at the next junction turn right
to descend a surprisingly steep incline. Deepdale Pond is to the right. Keep on the path and then at the next junction turn left onto a broader track.
Follow the waymark posts through this part of the wood with a pronounced left turn at the first junction and then bearing to the right at the next (where a private keep out sign gives helpful guidance) to reach fields before Leighton Hall Farm.
Aim for the farm buildings to join a drive.
Turn right and then at metal gate just beyond the farm turn right onto a footpath
leading across to a wooden gate. For the next mile keep to the field boundary at first on the right
and then after a metal gate with a bent top bar with the boundary on the left. This path
with bring you to Yealand Storrs.
pass between houses and after leaving the village turn left through a gate.
There are two paths signposted here. Take the right fork. This leads across a broad meadow to a wooden gate. Through this keep straight following a line of trees to a gate on the edge of woodland. Turn right onto a wide track.
Keep straight on this alongside White Moss. After a small holding on the left the way briefly follows a drive then continues on a grassy track to a wooden gate.
Bear left into the adjacent field and follow the hedge to a stile.
Over this cross a very rutted field aiming for the remains of a huge tree in the hedgerow opposite.
Behind this is a stile leading onto the A6. Cross with care turn left and walk 300yds to a bridleway on the right.
Turn onto this as it leads between fields for the next 1000yds.
When you reach a lane turn right.
After 150yds take a footpath on the left passing through the garden
of a stone built house. This leads onto a track which crosses the railway.
On the next bend go through a gap in the hedge
to reach the towpath of the Lancaster Canal.
Turn right pass beneath the first bridge and leave the canal at the next from whence retrace your steps to the starting point.