Walking in Ulverston

Ulverston is a small market town in the south of Cumbria on the edge of the Lake District.

There are plenty of places to explore and these four leaflets have been produced to help you get the best from your walks in and around Ulverston.

Stan Laurel Trail

Experience the historic market town of Ulverston as Stan Laurel, the town’s most famous son, would have known it.

The route is about 1 mile long, beginning outside the Coronation Hall where there is a Laurel and Hardy Statue, unveiled in 2009.

You then proceed around the historic streets of Ulverston, highlighting some of the shops and services in the town which the young Stan Laurel may have visited with his grandmother.

Discover the house where Stan was born before finishing at the world famous Laurel and Hardy Museum.

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A Circular Walk in and Around Ulverston

This eleven mile circular walk takes in the historic market town of Ulverston with extensive views of Morecambe Bay and surrounding fells and mountains.

Officialy starts close to the Glass Centre by the A590 but can be joint from any point on the trail.

This gentle circuit can be walked in one or split into two parts.
The north part is 8 miles long and the south part is 3 miles.

A good family walk with lots of historical and nature interest, never more than 3 mile from Ulverston town centre.

It is suggested that the OS Landranger 96 map is used (Barrow-in-Furness and South Lakeland).

Take a paddle at Bardsea if the tide is in or in one of the streams along the route or even feed the ducks on the canal.

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5 Gentle Walks Around the Edges of Ulverston

Each of these gentle walks is about 2 miles, all starting and finishing at the Ulverston Tourist Information Centre.

There are some gates, uneven paths, steps and fields on these routes, so best to read the leaflet well before setting out.

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Ulverston Canal

Once a hive of activity, this canal is now used for peaceful gentle walking and fishing.

The tow path is suitable for wheelchairs and buggies and is an easy stroll, taking about 40 minutes each way.  Do take care as this path is also used by cyclists and occasional cars for access.

Plenty of wildlife can be seen, including: Moorhen, Mallard, Swan, Cormorant, Coot, Grebe and Heron.

Explore the nearby footpaths and lanes or for the more adventurous, take the long distance coastal path right round the bay.

Tide timetables are available from local shops.

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National Forest Walking Festival

The National Forest Walking Festival 2013 takes place from May 18th to 30th and in it’s  sixth year,  promises to be the biggest so far.

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With 100 walks on offer there will be something to suit all ages and abilities.

Discover rolling English countryside dissected by meandering rivers and canals, dotted with picturesque historic villages and at it’s heart, The National Forest.

The National Forest is Britain’s boldest environmental project where 8 million trees have been planted, creating a “massive forest for the nation” across 200 square miles of gentle countryside.

Walks include; gentle strolls, walks suitable for wheelchair and families, to longer more strenuous rambles.

Guided walks are led by local experts who are keen to pass on their knowledge of the area’s rich and varied history, flora and fauna, myths and legends.

Why not try Nordic Walking or geo-caching.

Most walks are free and do not need to be booked.

For more information visit the National Forest Walking Festival website.

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Lake District Gears up for 2013 Season

With 100,000 Lake District events guides are poised to showcase an action packed season the call has gone out to get stuck-in.

Lake District National Park staff Natalie Bateman and Courtney Alderson showcasing Events and guided walks 2013.
Lake District National Park staff Natalie Bateman and Courtney Alderson showcasing Events and guided walks 2013.

Over 500 exciting and compelling activities, many of them free, are on the starting line.

National park activity co-ordinator Belinda Turnbull said Events and guided walks 2013 was an extraordinary invitation to explore some the UK’s best countryside.

She explained: “There’s a wealth of opportunity to get involved and see why the Lake District is so special. Irrespective of age or ability, we’ve tried to include something for everyone.

“We’re particularly proud this year to announce our event volunteer leaders came out tops in the first ever National Parks Awards. They’ll be heading up over 400 events, including this season’s hugely popular walks.”

The season got underway on Sunday (March 17) with a bird and animal watching event at Brockhole, Windermere’s Lake District Visitor Centre, the extensive programme runs right through to New Year’s Eve festive fun.

Brockhole is hosting around 100 family events where anything from dragon boating to bushcraft, jazz on the terrace to tempting talks is up for grabs. The centre’s going wild on May 4 and 5 with a wow-factor action-packed weekend.

Britain’s biking prowess continues with 15 guided electric cycle rides, which Belinda said would be an added attraction to those who wanted some pedal power.

Donations from last year’s guided walks across the national park’s 885 square miles added £5,300 to the programme’s coffers.

Guides are available from tourist information centres, libraries, hotels, guest houses and visitor attractions, also online at www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/events