20 years of Ulverston WalkFest
From relatively humble beginnings in 1999, Ulverston Walking Festival, as it was known then, has blossomed and thrived to become a significant and popular contribution to Ulverston as a festival town. This year we celebrate 20 years of Ulverston WalkFest, as it is now known, and have new walks and events with which to tempt you.
In the early days participants were mostly from the locale. However, thanks to our website which was set up in 2013 we can now reach walkers on a global scale. Indeed, we have had participants from as far away as the United States of America and Australia, with people joining us from London and other areas of the United Kingdom. Of course, these people need somewhere to stay and have done so in the many hotels and guest houses in and around the town. This year, we have been approached by Independent Hostels UK who work with festivals each year, providing free hostel guides and free publicity for us on their website. So if you need accommodation check out their website www.independenthostels.co.uk or pick up a free full-colour handy-sized Hostel Guide from your walk leader or the organisers.
New 20th Anniversary Walks
Silly Hat Walk
In April 1999, the then Mayor Ron Creer, the organisers Jean and Steve Povey and Ulverston Town Band kicked off the first walk 20 years ago which was a 'Silly Hat Walk'. With a trip down memory lane our first walk in 2019 will be a 'Silly Hat Walk'. You are strongly urged not to miss this event. Bring a silly hat and a sense of humour!
20 Spectacular Trees Tuesday 30th April
A circuit of Tarns Hows and Monk Coniston estate with Martin Cooper taking in examples of the oldest, tallest, largest, rarest and most unusual trees in the U.K.
Ulverston Anniversary History Friday 3 May
Local historian Jennifer Snell will show you 20 points of interest in and around St. Mary's Parish Church.
20k Anniversary Walk - Circuit of Ulverston Friday 3 May
This 12.5 mile walk will take in many of the highlights of the surrounding countryside including Ulverston Canal, the Coastal Way, Conishead Priory, Birkrigg Common, the Ancient Church of Great Urswick, Swarthmoor Hall and the Sir John Barrow Monument.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL IN 2019 FOR ANOTHER EXCITING WALKFEST