Ulverston WalkFest celebrates its 18th year with 32 walks/activities to suit all abilities over ten days!
Saturday 22 April - Monday 1 May 2017
New Walks for 2017
This year we have another exciting programme with some new interest walks to tempt your taste buds with an archaeological theme highlighting the rich copper and slate mining background of the South Lakes area.
Coniston Copper Mines and Levers Water Sunday 23 April with John Dennis
Basically the walk is a "walk through history" back as far as the beginning of copper mining in the 1590s with visits to the sites which were the bases of Coniston's past wealth: copper mines, slate quarries and water resources. Water provided the power to operate both the mines and the quarries. The walk includes a short walk underground (very safe conditions) to look at an old mine shaft together with the remains of the buildings associated with the copper mines. Some of these are currently in the process of being renovated using Heritage Lottery money. We'll look at the work carried out by the men, women and children who worked in the fells and the various problems they faced using obituary columns from the mid 1880s as a record.
Iron Age to Iron Mine Wednesday 26 April Colin Pickthall
Furness is built on iron - geologically and economically. Plumpton mines were the first to be recorded by the monks. This walk takes us over two of Furness's coastal drumlins (one with an old fort on it), and visits the landing stages near Conishead, where iron was loaded for export.
Mining, cists and cairns of the Dunnerdale Fells Monday 1 May Linda Marshall
This walk was generated as a result of the discoveries from the archaeological survey initiated by the Duddon Valley Local History group named the Ring Cairns to Reservoirs Project.
The way that people in the late Neolithic/early Bronze Age period (around 2,500 B.C.) lived and worked can be glimpsed through the physical traces that are left to us in the form of archaeological features. From these we can make an informed guess at what life was like in the Duddon Valley area from the very earliest times.
Features that can be seen on this walk are a burial cist, a prehistoric grave and ring cairns that may contain burials or used for ritual activity according to the spiritual beliefs at the time. Evidence of both iron ore and slate mining will be seen retting ponds used for rotting down plant fibres such as flax, help or jute in preparation for the manufacture of fabric and for rope making. Ubiquitous to the upland fells are the dry stone walls made into sheep folds, made to contain water yeats, gate stoops and stone stiles. Join our walk leader on this walk and talk to learn more about our rich past.
Historic Ulverston - Guided Walk Sunday 23 April Morecambe Bay Partnership
Ulverston WalkFest organisers love it when we are approached by potential partners as happened when Morecambe Bay Partnership informed us that they were putting on this walk and asked if it could be included in our programme. Join Greenlane Archaeology in this short, easy walk to find out what was going on in medieval Ulverston. Booking essential - see programme for details.
For the first time in many years Ulverston is entering the Cumbria in Bloom Pride in your Community Competition. This means many community projects and groups such as the Ulverston in Bloom volunteers, Incredible Edible Ulverston and local businesses working together. We have to show how wonderful our year-round horticultural achievements, community participation and environmentally responsible actions are!
Walks programmes available in South Lakes and Furness outlets, libraries etc from the beginning of March 2017.
For those of you who have been involved in previous years enjoy a touch of nostalgia with our lovely video kindly put together by Christine and Peter Quiggin.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL IN 2017 FOR ANOTHER EXCITING WALKFEST