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An escape into nature – Scorton Picnic Site Walk

The Lancaster District is a very special place, you can be shopping in the city centre one minute and escape into the countryside the next.

Just 15 minutes south of Lancaster City Centre sits the Scorton Picnic Area, with a large carpark complete with picnic benches. From the car park, a lovely circular walk that takes you alongside the River Wyre, through the woods and back to the carpark, all on a nice gravel path, that is only slightly muddy in places.

Driving south from Lancaster on the A6, turn sharp left into Hollins Lane, turn right after around 700m. The narrow road winds through hedge lined countryside before heading downhill into the valley. Once at the bottom of the valley and just past the Bowland Lakes Leisure Village you will see the metal arch leading into the picnic site carpark.

Once parked you will see signs showing you the walk route which is circular and easy to follow, the path runs alongside the river, has views over the lake and finishes up through a tree lined path and meadow.

The walk has plenty of opportunities to keep little people occupied, with things to see, and nature to forage around in.


The picnic site is owned and managed by Lancashire County Council and was created from a former sand and gravel excavation site.

Please follow the countryside code and keep dogs under control. The river Wyre borders the path and in times of high flow the river can be especially dangerous.



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