Explore Lancaster city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Lancaster's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
Lancaster dates back at least as long ago as the Roman occupation. A Saxon church was later built within the ruined Roman walls as Lancaster became a strategic trading centre – by medieval times ships were using the River Lune. A castle, perched high above the river defended the city from attack and for a short while Lancaster became the fourth most important port in the UK’s Slave Trade. Its legacy of fabulous Georgian architecture gives the city its stunning character today.
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1. Castle to Dalton Square - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
Wind your way round the commanding John O’ Gaunt’s castle, nestling alongside Lancaster Priory, before descending rapidly into the centre of the city. Walk along a 12th century street and through Lancaster’s coffee quarter, before exiting Market Square – the beating heart of the city. Out now to the languid canal, overlooked by Lancaster Cathedral, before finishing at Dalton Square, centuries old and steeped in history.
1.5 hoursOK, but a diversion maybe needed
2. Dalton Square to River Lune - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
From Lancaster’s historic Dalton Square this walk runs along vibrant but ancient lanes and streets, where modern meets the past. Explore Market Square with its museums, and places where people can sit, talk, listen and watch. Read about Lancaster’s fascinating past as you make your way to its imposing castle, set on a hill. Down now to the River Lune, once home to Britain’s fourth largest port, and the imposing Maritime Museum.
1 hourOK, but a small diversion maybe needed
Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the city and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
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You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free).
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"Yesterday our family completed the 1st Lancaster walk, and we really enjoyed it. We each had something unique to do, we completed in good time, and found lots of new and interesting things. Thank you."
Latest Revision : May 2023