River Lune

River Lune

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River Licensing Information

Licence Required?

No licence required

Grade: 2-3 (4)

The River Lune section from Tebay to Rawthey Confluence is Grade 3 but can reach Grade 4 in high waters. The rest of the river is Grade 2 with the Grade 3 rapids at Halton Rapids. 

The 52-mile River Lune is a popular river in the North West of England. It crosses the borders between Cumbria and Lancashire.

The Lune is well known in the paddling community as a reliable white water and playboating river. If you’re paddling here, there are several stretches along the river ranging from grade 1 to grade 4 white water. Variety in white water means whatever you enjoy paddling, there’s a spot for everyone.

You also might want to look out for the Lune Aqueduct. It is a Grade 1 iconic aqueduct carrying the Lancaster Canal 53 feet above the river.

Designed by John Rennie, it is a wonder of civil engineering at just under 665 feet long, and sits wonderfully against the wider landscape.

Halton Rapids on the River Lune

Halton Rapids is a popular stretch along the River Lune. Here, Paddle UK and their members have access to parking, changing, and launching facilities by prior arrangement.

If you’re looking to practice white water skills, this is a great place to head for. If you want to know more about how to access the site, head over to the Paddle UK website here.