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Ulverston WalkFest 2019

Saturday 27th April - Monday 6th May 2019



Walks programmes available in South Lakes and Furness outlets, libraries etc. from February 2019.


New Walks for 2018


   Great Burney and Woodland Fell

   Newland Beck – Short and Significant

   Sections of Cistercian and Cumbria Coastal Ways

   Monuments of Ulverston Cemetery
        (Click Here for pdf files giving The Stories Behind the Stones.

         Click here for all stories in a single file (suitable for printing; 64 pages).)

   Arnside Circuit

   Western Coniston Fells

   Blue Plaques and Silver Screen

   Caves, Falls and Fells

   Streams, Fort and Hills

   High Living in the Duddon Valley


Ulverston WalkFest 2018 Programme



No advance booking needed except for the two map-reading walks, which do ask you to book due to restriction on numbers - see in walk details below.


All walks are £3 per person.

Correct money would be greatly appreciated as walk leaders may not have the change.


Download Printable Programme


Saturday 28th April

Swarthmoor Circular Walk

An easy stroll including visits to Swarthmoor Hall (home of the Quakers), the Quaker Meeting House, and tea at Swarthmoor Methodist Chapel.

Entry to Swarthmoor Hall £6 (optional)

Café available at Hall - or packed lunch stop with free tea at Chapel.

With David Jackson

No dogs

Easy 3½ miles 4½ Hours

10:00 am Meet at Ulverston Station (Meeting Point 7).

Great Burney/Woodland Fell Circuit

A lovely, reasonably local, fell circuit returning by the Cumbria Way. 

With Alan Robinson (Chairman Barrow Ramblers). 

Moderate Plus 8 miles 480m ascent 5 hours

10:00 am Meet at lay-by on A5092 above Gawthwaite (SD267847) or car share from Ford Park leaving at 9.30am (Meeting Point 2).

Woodland Industries and Archaeological Remains

Open fell-side and farm tracks. Interesting remains from bronze age to the 19th Century.

With Stephe Cove and Dave Hughes

No dogs

Moderate 4½ miles 400m ascent 4 hours Moderate due to continuous climb to the summit barrow following forest paths.

10:30 am Meet at Duddon Furnace (SD197883) (right after Duddon Bridge and 100m up Corney Fell Road). Suggest those coming from Ulverston meet at Ford Park at 9.45am to car share (Meeting Point 2).


Sunday 29th April

Newland Beck - Short but Significant

An exploration of the beck and its uses over recent centuries from Broughton Beck to Newland. Generally downhill and easy going but with one or two short steep sections and some non-standard stiles. 

With Jane Carson, a member of the Wildlife Trust

Dogs welcome but must be kept on a lead.

Easy Plus 4 miles 3 Hours

9:30 am Due to limited parking, meet at Ford Park to car share (Meeting Point 2). The walk will finish at Ford Park when drivers will be returned to Broughton Beck.

Call 01229 583033 if you have any queries regarding these arrangements.

Introduction to Basic Map Reading Skills 

Compasses and maps will be provided. Outdoor clothing needed and some muddy and uneven ground.

With Owen Osmotherley and John Dennis – National Park walk leaders.

No dogs

Booking essential on 07730 870298.

Easy / Activity 3 miles 3 hours

10:00 am Meet at Cumbria Way sculpture in the Gill (Meeting Point 4).

Sections of Cistercian and Cumbria Coastal Ways West of Cartmel 

A dual length walk with 2 options, the longer including some rarely walked paths back to Cartmel and the shorter having time to visit Cartmel Priory, or buy sticky toffee pudding (!) whilst awaiting the return of the longer walk. A very pleasant countryside walk with good views over the Leven Estuary from Ellerside.

With Tony Mayo, Chairman of Footloose Walking Club

Moderate 8½ or 5 miles 5 hours

10:00 am Parking and meeting Cartmel Racecourse Pay and Display Car Park (SD377787) or car share from Ford Park (Meeting Point 2) at 9.30am for a cheaper parking option. 

The Industrial Archaeology of South Ulverston 

Includes canal, industrial sites and Outcast Rope Walk.

A circular walk. Possibly to include Ainslie Pier, if tide allows.

With Andrew Hudson

Easy 4 miles 3 hours

1:30 pm meet at Booths supermarket (Meeting Point 8).

A Mountain Emergency, by Martin Cooper

A talk by Martin Cooper at the Coronation Hall, Ulverston. Martin has been an active member of Duddon & Furness Mountain Rescue Team  for 15 years. His animated talk will take you through an actual call-out, including the kit carried, how the incident evolved, to how the casualty was dealt with. It has been described as fascinating, informative and inspirational, and a great way to describe this voluntary rescue service. 

Tickets £7 on the door. All proceeds to Duddon & Furness Mountain Rescue Team.

7:30 pm  Coronation Hall, Ulverston LA12 7LZ.


Monday 30th April

Western Coniston Fells 

To include: Seathwaite Tarn, Grey Friar, Brim Fell, Goats Hause, Dow Crag and Walna Scar Road back to start. A lovely walk from an unusual start, avoiding the Coniston crowds. Involving significant ascent.

With John Wealthall

Hard 8 miles 800m ascent 7 hours

10:00 am Start from bottom of Walna Scar Road near Seathwaite in Duddon Valley (SD240967). Parking limited at start so please use mini bus from Ford Park (Meeting Point 2) leaving at 9:00 am for additional £3/person.

Arnside Circuit

Good views from the Knott and some low cliff walking.

With Simon Hughes

Moderate 6 miles 5½ hours

10:50 am Meet at Arnside Station or at Ulverston Station (Meeting Point 7) at 10:15am for the 10:28 am train to Arnside (off peak day return £5.60).

Monuments of Ulverston Cemetery, and the lives & deaths of people remembered (also on Sun 6 May)

Mainly on paths, but turf may be wet.

With Rod White

Easy 1 mile 2 hours

2:00 pm Meet at Dr Wilson's lighthouse memorial in the cemetery; parking available at Ulverston Leisure Centre, Priory Road (Meeting Point 3).

Click Here for pdf files giving The Stories Behind the Stones.

Click here for all stories in a single file (suitable for printing; 64 pages). 

Tuesday 1st May

Bird Watching

A circular walk down the canal, along the coast to Plumpton and back to Ulverston. A must for anyone with an interest in birds - including river, coastal and rural birds. Binoculars essential.

With Mike Douglas

Easy Plus 4 miles 3 hours

9:00 am Meet at Booths supermarket (Meeting Point 8).

Ulverston to Dalton via the Age of Iron

A walk through the history of Pennington and the Lindal/Dalton iron fields.  A rural walk but with many stiles.  Escape routes at regular intervals.

With Colin Pickthall

No dogs

Moderate 6 miles 5 hours

10:00 am Meet at the start of the Cumbria Way in the Gill (Meeting Point 4). Return from Dalton by bus (regular service).

Bigland Barrow

Circular walk, taking in Cold War observation tower, with 360 degree views of Furness and fells.  Muddy in places.

With Keith Raine

Moderate 5 miles 3½ hours

10:30 am Meet on Canny Hill Road (SD369859), 400m up from A590 by Newby Bridge; or car share from Ford Park at 10am (Meeting Point 2). There is also an option of using the X6 bus from Victoria Road in Ulverston (Meeting Point 1) at 9.52am.


Wednesday 2nd May

Lovely Rural Walk from Spark Bridge 

Via Colton, High Ickenthwaite and Oxen Park.  Moderate due to length but following bridleways, tracks and minor roads. Gently undulating once out of Crake Valley.

With Sheila Bull

Moderate 7 miles 4½  hours

9:45 am Meet by bridge over River Crake or car share from Ford Park (Meeting Point 2) leaving at 9.30am.

Dunnerdale Horseshoe 

A spectacular fell walk with outstanding views of the Duddon Estuary and Coniston fells, passing a pack horse bridge, old inscriptions and ancient cruck barn en route. One of our classic and oft-repeated walks.

With Stan Aspinall

Moderate Plus 6 miles 4¾ hours

10:15 am Meet and park at community car park, opposite the village hall in Broughton Mills (SD223906), or car share from Ford Park leaving at 9.45am (Meeting Point 2).

Blue Plaques and Silver Screens

A fun walk looking at the quirky history of Ulverston and ending at the Roxy Cinema. 

With Jean Povey (the creator of the Ulverston Walking Festival).

Easy 2 miles 2 hours

3:00 pm Meet outside Ford Park Coach House Cafe (after a late lunch or coffee perhaps) (Meeting Point 2).


Thursday 3rd May

North Ulverston Circuit

We hope to include a visit inside the Sir John Barrow Monument, including to the top for those with a head for heights. After the Monument a rural walk via Rosside, with some muddy sections if it has been wet. Boots essential (gaiters ideal or well-fitting wellingtons a sensible option). If too wet there are shorter, drier options.

With Martin Cooper

Moderate 5½ miles 4 hours

10:30 am Meet outside Ford Park Café (open from 10am) (Meeting Point 2).

Whitbarrow Scar Circuit

A lovely walk up to Lord’s Seat, the summit of the wonderful Whitbarrow limestone scar. One steep climb but good paths and great all round views to the Lake District fells, the Yorkshire Dales and across Morecambe Bay.

With Peter and Christine Quiggin

Moderate Plus 8½ miles 5 hours

10:30 am Meet at 10:30am at Derby Arms, Witherslack (LA11 6RH, SD441830). or catch 9:52am X6 bus from Victoria Road, Ulverston (Meeting Point 1),

4:20pm bus back (after refreshments available at pub).


 Friday 4th May

The Hidden Woodland Valley with Chris Berry

A repeat of this popular walk but in new areas of the Woodland Valley, covering flowers, birds and history at a leisurely pace.

With ex-National Park/National Trust Ranger and wildlife expert

Moderate 4 miles 4 hours

10:00 am Meet Woodland Church (SD247891) or car share from Ford Park at 9.30am (Meeting Point 2).

Ulverston History 

A stroll through historic Ulverston with architectural points of interest and some amusing and surprising tales from Victorian times. Hear about the highs and lows in 19th Century Ulverston enlivened by news reports from Soulby’s Ulverston Advertiser. Mostly town centre pavements and ginnels with some steps. Finishing at Coronation Hall.

With Jennifer Snell, local historian.

Easy 1 mile 1½ hours

11:00 am Start at Ulverston Station (Meeting Point 7).

Ulpha Park Circular Walk

Mountain and valley views, taking in Castle How, Bleabeck Bridge (old packhorse bridge) and Frith Hall, (romantic 400 year old ruined hunting lodge). 

With Keith Raine

Moderate 4 miles 4½ hours

11:30 am Meet at Beckstones (SD183902) just off Corney Fell Road, above Duddon Valley. Or 11am at Ford Park for car share (Meeting Point 2).


 Saturday 5th May

Sea Wood and Birkrigg Circuit 

Along the beach to Baycliff then rural paths via Sunbrick, the Quaker burial site and the Birkrigg stone circle, including explanation of the stone circle by Dorothy Sheppard – a local expert.

With David Jackson

Easy 3 miles 4 hours

10:00 am Meet at layby on main road through Sea Wood (SD297737, Meeting Point 5)

Caves, Falls and Fells

Walk follows old quarry roads to Little Langdale, visits Cathedral Cave and then on to spectacular Colwith Falls; returning over High Oxen Fell and Hodge Close quarry. 

With John Dennis and Owen Osmotherley

Moderate 6.2 miles 347m ascent 5 hours

10:30 am Meet at Tilberthwaite Quarry car park, beyond Coniston (Grid ref: NY306010 - free parking) or car share leaving Ford Park at 9.30am (Meeting Point 2).

Map Reading in Wild Country

For those with some basic map-reading experience. Practise use of compass, measuring distance and using contours.

Book on 07792 422160 and for lift or car share. Some quite rough terrain (hence Moderate Plus) but nothing dangerous.

With Martin Cooper

Moderate Plus activity 4 miles 4 hours

11:00 am Meet lay-by near Gawthwaite (SD267847).


 Sunday 6th May

Streams, Fort and Hills 

Walk to and from Hardknott Roman Fort traversing east and west sides of Harter Fell. Some rough terrain and approaching a hard walk but the Fort is spectacular for anyone who hasn’t seen it before, with great views of the Scafells.

With John Wealthall

Moderate Plus 7 miles 450m ascent 6½ hours

10:00 am Meet at Birks Bridge in Duddon Valley (SD235996) or car share from Ford Park at 9am (Meeting Point 2).

Rusland Moss National Nature Reserve 

A leisurely walk around the Reserve focusing on the Osprey nest (hopefully occupied). To include old iron forge and Rusland stone circle. Level walk on tracks, board walks and minor roads. Can be muddy in places. Binoculars recommended.

With Dave Robson

Easy Plus 4 miles 4½ hours

10:30am Start at Rusland Church (SD338897) but encouraged to meet to share cars at Ford Park at 10am (Meeting Point 2).

Monuments of Ulverston Cemetery, and the lives & deaths of people remembered (also on Mon 30 Apr)

Mainly on paths, but turf may be wet.

With Rod White

Easy 1 mile 2 hours

2:00 pm Meet at Dr Wilson's lighthouse memorial in the cemetery; parking available at Ulverston Leisure Centre, Priory Road (Meeting Point 3).

Click Here for pdf files giving The Stories Behind the Stones.

Click here for all stories in a single file (suitable for printing; 64 pages). 


 Monday 7th May

Herb Walk from Conishead Priory

A walk through the woods and along the beach finishing back at the Priory.

Our most popular walk.

With Sarah Atkinson - medical herbalist.

Easy 2 miles 4 hours

10:00 am Meet at Conishead Priory (Meeting Point 6).

High Living in the Duddon Valley

Visiting the 3 sites of medieval longhouses currently being excavated as part of the ‘DuddonDig’, and other sites from earlier exploration. Walking mainly on the Water-Board road but some sections across open fellside which may be wet. Option to extend walk (or split into 2 groups) to include a circuit of Seathwaite Tarn, depending on weather and the group’s stamina.

Between2006 and 2009, Duddon Valley Local History Group carried out a survey of the valley and recorded over 3000 places of interest. There were a number of rectilinear structures which may have been longhouses from early Norse settlement after 950ad. 16 were selected and surveyed with the features in their immediate location. A final choice of three were picked in 2015 for further investigation and a three year, six figure project was set up to excavate the sites. 2018 will see the final phase of the project. The walk will look at the sites studied in 2016/7 as well as an earlier excavation of a bronze age ring cairn close to Seathwaite tarn. Full details of the project can be found at www.duddonhistory.org.uk

With Stephe Cove and Dave Hughes.

No dogs

Moderate 4 or 6½ Miles350m or 550m ascent, 4 or 6 hours

10.30 am Meet at Seathwaite Parish Rooms (SD229960) or car share from Ford Park at 9.30am (Meeting Point 2).

Coniston Old Man from Torver

Passing beneath the rock-climbers paradise of Dow Crag and voted No 8 in the UK's 100 best walks. Taking lesser used paths. Full hill gear needed.

With Keith Raine, ex Mountain Rescue, rock climber and mountaineer, with extensive local knowledge.

Hard  7 miles  716m ascent  5 hours

10.15 am Meet Torver Church car park (SD285943) or car share from Ford Park leaving at 9.45am (Meeting Point 2) .



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