The source of the River Lune is in Ravenstonedale parish on the fells just above Newbiggin-on-Lune. From Newbiggin-on-Lune to Tebay the Lune flows alongside the A596, a straight road because it was built on the route of the old Tebay-Darlington railway. The Lune at this point is just a stream.
At Tebay the Lune is joined by Birk Beck. From this confluence downstream the River Lune takes on the characteristics normally associated with this major river. Visitors to Ravenstonedale wishing to enjoy the River Lune should trace the river downstream from Tebay by taking the A685 towards Kendal (do not take the M6), then turning left off this road after a mile or so shortly after passing over the M6. This road (Fairmile road) traverses the open fell above the River Lune for several miles providing memorable views of the Lune Valley. This route provides wonderful views of the upper Lune Valley just a few miles from Ravenstonedale. The Lune Valley at this point is also referred to as the Lune Gorge.
River (Lune), road (M6) and rail (west coast) all run through the constricted valley at this point. It is worth following the Lune all the way downstream via Sedbergh to Devil's Bridge at Kirkby Lonsdale where you can enjoy a coffee and a bacon bap from the caravan on the bridge (free parking) before walking into Kirkby Lonsdale to browse the shops.