Ulverston is a market town in the south Lakeland district of Cumbria in north-west England. Once part of Lancashire, the town is situated in the Furness area, close to the Lake District, and just north of Morecambe Bay. The most visible landmark in Ulverston is Hoad Monument, which is a concrete structure, built in 1850 to commemorate the local resident and English statesman, Sir John Barrow, who died in 1848.
If you are staying in a spa cottage in Windermere, Ulverston is within easy driving distance.
Ulverston today is a lively town where visitors can enjoy a range of events and festivals. Specialist shops, cosy country pubs and traditional markets combine to make Ulverston one of the most popular towns in the Lake District. Colourful houses and cobbled streets lead to narrow alleys and quaint shops and cafés. The stunning local scenery of the Furness Peninsula surrounds the town, and the coastline boasts superb views over Morecambe Bay.
The wide mud flats and sand banks of Morecambe Bay are home to a vast range of seafood, including oysters, mussels, whelks and cockles, and in turn are important feeding grounds for migrating birds. The molluscs have been harvested by local fishermen for centuries.
Thought to be the shortest and deepest canal in Britain, Ulverston Canal was an important part of the local economy for over 50 years. The lock gates at Canal Foot have since been replaced by a concrete dam, which seals the canal from the sea and offers a haven for freshwater fish and wildlife. Visitors can enjoy a walk along the towpath from Canal Street to Canal Foot, and take in some of the beautiful scenery along the way.
Sea Wood is an ancient woodland that once belonged to Lady Jane Grey, who was Queen of England for just 9 days before her execution in 1554. Originally planted with oak to provide timber for shipbuilding, the tree trunks were floated up the estuary during high tides to the shipyard in Ulverston. During springtime, the woodland floor is covered with wild flowers, which provides visitors with one of the most beautiful sights in the lakes.
The Cumbria Coastal Way
The Cumbria Coastal way is only for serious walkers. This long distance route of 182 miles, stretches between Morecambe Way and the Solway Firth, and runs around the coastline of Cumbria. The journey offer walkers many diverse sights along the way, from the Victorian towns of Barrow and Millom, to the Roman town of Carlisle. The walk also takes in the stunning natural landscapes of the Duddon Estuary and the high-tec and controversial, Sellafield site
Sir John Barrow
Not only was local man, John Barrow a great statesman, but he was also a well known explorer. Born at Dragley Beck, Ulverston, in 1764, Barrow learnt many languages during his travels, including Mandarin Chinese, and he became second secretary of the Admiralty. Barrow promoted and encouraged British naval exploration of West Africa and the Arctic, and in 1830 he became a founder member of the Royal Geographical Society. Barrow died in 1848.
Sir John Barrow's Cottage
Sir John Barrow´s Cottage is open to visitors occasionally, and is a simple, one storey house which originally had a thatched roof and oak framed windows. The property was given to the town by the Barrow family.
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