Millenium Park | Lancaster
The River Lune Millennium Park stretches some 15km along the banks of the Lune from Bull Beck near Caton to Salt Ayre in Lancaster.
It offers leisure and everyday transport opportunities with linked footpaths and cycleways, and the route is decorated with unusual and thought provoking artworks to discover and information points. At its heart is the recently constructed Millennium Bridge for cyclists and pedestrians.
The pathway between Lancaster and Caton is a good way to see some interesting features on and around the river. The River Lune is noted for its salmon and September and October are the best times to see them, along with the many sea trout, which are also to be found in the river.
The Millennium Bridge, part funded through a lottery grant from the Millennium Commission, is the centrepiece of the District's cycling network. The bridge connects the three major traffic free routes in the District - the River Lune Millennium Path, the Lune Estuary Path and the Lancaster - Morecambe Path.
The bridge was officially opened in February 2001 and has proved to be a great success - usage has increased by 30% since 2002. Counts for 2005 (April - July) show a daily average 2-way cycle flow of over 840 - with a peak of over 1,150 recorded in June.