The Lune Valley has its origins in the very North of England, just to the east of the magnificent Lake District. To say that it is beautiful would be a great understatement. It is a microcosm of the history of this great island and has for centuries been the main western route between England and Scotland. Iron Age men roamed, Vikings plundered, Romans marched, the Scots raided and Kings sent their armies. Even now within the space of a few hundred yards of the river Lune in The Lune Gap you find the M6 motorway, the main West Coast railway and the ancient roman marching road to Hadrian’s Wall.
Historic towns, industrial heritage, ancient customs and much more all combine to make the Lune Valley a wonderful place to explore.
The award winning, two hours and twenty two minute dvd “The Lune Valley-Our Heritage”, tells of the heritage, traditions and beauty of the Lune Valley from its beginnings in the Howgill Fells to where it enters the majestic Morecambe Bay. Featuring breathtaking views of the Lune valley taken from a helicopter and filmed in digital dvcam, it shows it through its seasons as it has never been seen before. Beginning with a dramatic flying sequence over the snow capped Howgill Fells it follows the sixty-five mile course of the river Lune from its beginnings in Dale Ghyll through to its final destination as it empties into the wide expanse of Morecambe Bay. It visits nearly all the historic villages and market towns in the valley, using the flying sequences to link them together.
Tebay, and its railway heritage,
Sedbergh, with its heritage, May Gala and Farfield Mill,
Kirkby Lonsdale, with its wealth of history and Victorian Fair,
Whittington, its races and birthplace of William Sturgeon, whose pioneering work in electromagnetism led to the invention of the telephone, radio and many other everyday electrical devices,
Tunstall, and the Bronte sisters,
Hornby, with its castle,
Wray, with its unique Scarecrow Festival and May Fair,
Aughton, and its world record beating pudding competition,
Halton, and its Viking heritage,
Lancaster, with its castle and Pendle Witches, Priory, Georgian period, maritime festival and links with the slave trade,
Heysham, its village heritage, the National Trust owned Headland with its historic churches and rock cut graves
Glasson Dock, and the development of the port, until we finally reach
Sunderland Point and the story of Sambo.
Chris introduces the viewer as to why the river is loved by fly fishermen as they try to catch the famous Lune salmon. Filming took place in a secret location to show the importance of the work done by The Environment Agency and a group of dedicated volunteers as they try to conserve the salmon fish stocks. They remove the eggs from the females and fertilise them with the males’ sperm to give a success rate of over 98%, compared with a figure of 1% if it was just left to the fish.
The video contains a wealth of historic photographs and archive film footage loaned by private individuals. It also features the earliest known street plan of Lancaster. Chris uses knowledgeable local people and historians to narrate certain sections of the video. This clearly adds an extra degree of credibility and compliments Chris’s original research. All the local tourist authorities now actively support this programme.
The images below link to relevant video clips on Vimeo.