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Ulverston WalkFest 2020

Saturday 25th April - Monday 4th May 2020

Contacts

Walks

Walk fee £3 per person per walk. Childern under 16 Free.  
No advance booking for walks.

Footwear, waterproofs and warm clothing, food and drink, required as appropriate to the walk.

For further information go to www.ulverstonwalkfest.co.uk,
e-mail walks@ulverstonwalkfest.co.uk
or ring 07792 422160.
Time - Start & (finish) Walk Grade / Length Walk Details
 
Meeting Point
Saturday 25th April

10 am
(3 pm)

Easy/Moderate

3/6 miles

Ulverston Parish Churches with Amy Fidler. Follow the Cumbria Way to St John’s at Osmotherley, returning via Mansriggs.  A short visit to both churches with refreshments at St John’s.  A lovely rural countryside walk.  Opportunity to just walk one way with a lift back provided, allowing time to do the 2pm walk as well. St Mary’s in Church Walk [7]

10am

(4.30pm)

Hard

9½ miles

490m ascent

East of Coniston Water with Alan Robinson.  Via High Nibthwaite and Bethecar Moor and up into Grizedale Forest.  Mainly on open fell.   A long walk in a little visited area on some rough tracks, similar but a bit longer than last year. Meet at Water Yeat Village Hall (obvious blue building north of A5084 to Coniston SD288892) or car share at back of Booths car park [6] at 9.15am.

 

10am

(12 noon)

 

Easy

1 mile

Monuments of Ulverston Cemetery, and the lives & deaths of people remembered with Rod White. 

Mainly on paths, but turf may be wet.  (Also on Thursday 30 May at 6.30pm)  This is the same walk as 2018, but with a couple of changes.  Allows time to do the 2pm walk as well.

Meet at Dr Wilson's lighthouse memorial in the cemetery; parking available at Ulverston Leisure Centre, Priory Road [8].

10.30am

(3pm)

Easy

4 miles

Rusland Moss National Nature Reserve with Dave Robson.

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.

Start at Rusland Church (SD338897) but encouraged to car share at back of Booths car park [6] at 10am.

2pm

(4pm)

Easy

1 mile

Trains and Boats and Flames – a historic ramble through Ulverston’s past with Jennifer Snell.  

Featuring the railway, canal shipping, and the Fire Brigade from stories and newspaper reports.  Easy walking mostly on pavements. 

Meet Ulverston Railway Station [5]

7pm

(8.30pm)

Easy

2-3 miles

Local Walk to the Pub with Jean Povey.  Walk up to Bortree Stile and back to the Hope & Anchor.  Walk off the stiffness of the day, or start from scratch, finishing with a beer or coffee (other products are available!).  

No dogs please.

Meet at the Cumbria Way Sculpture in the Gill [3]
Sunday 26th April

10am

(3pm)

Moderate

7 miles

A ‘Cistercian Way’ with Colin Pickthall, 

Past Swarthmoor Hall, Urswick stone walls and Church, Old Dalton, Dalton Castle and a brief pause at the Brown Cow, then along the Haggs to Furness Abbey.  Return to Ulverston by bus or train. Easy going, flat walk with bags of interest.   No dogs please.  Allow extra time for the return journey.  Some similarity with the Dalton Circular walk on 29th April.

Starting at the top of the Ulverston Station [5] approach road,

10am

(2pm)

Easy

4 miles

Interesting Sites in East Ulverston with Martin Cooper. 

A leisurely tour past 3 ‘Grand Designs’ houses, and visits to the Newland Iron Furnace and the Hoad Monument, with brief expert summaries of the furnace and Sir John Barrow (and the opportunity to climb the monument).  Mainly on lanes and good paths with a gentle climb up to the monument.    (Hoad can be left out at the end for those wanting an easier walk or wishing to go tree spotting - below.)

Meet at Booths Supermarket steps [6].

2pm

(4pm)

Easy

3 miles

Tree Spotting in Ulverston with Judy Pickthall.   

A leisurely stroll through the Park, around the base of Hoad Hill, through the Churchyard,  along Gill Banks, up Daltongate, past Stockbridge House, to Stone Cross Mansion.  Back along Lightburn Road, Prince’s St and Victoria Road, with opportunities for further tree spotting on our walk back to Ford Park.

Meet at Ford Park car park [2].

7pm

(8.30pm)

Easy

2-3 miles

Local Walk to the Pub with Jean Povey.   Walk over Flan and up to Screws Rock before returning to The Mill.  Walk off the stiffness of the day, or start from scratch, finishing with a beer or coffee.  No dogs please. Meet at the Cumbria Way Sculpture in the Gill [3]
Monday 27th April

10am

(2pm)

Easy

3½ miles

Swarthmoor Circular Walk with David Jackson. An easy stroll including visits to Swarthmoor Hall (home of the Quakers), the Quaker Meeting House, and tea at Swarthmoor Methodist Chapel. No dogs please. Entry to Swarthmoor Hall £6.50 (optional); Café available at Hall and can be used without paying entry to the Hall - or packed lunch stop with free tea at Chapel. Meet at Ulverston Station [5].

10.15am

(3/4pm)

Moderate

6 miles

Newby Bridge to Finsthwaite Tower and High Dam with Simon Hughes. A pleasant walk through mixed woods with surprise views, to picturesque High Dam via the little visited Finsthwaite Tower.   Opportunity for refreshments in the Swan Hotel.  The Swan has previously allowed limited parking for those who also have a drink there. Meet at Ulverston Bus Station in Victoria Road [1] for 9.52am X6 bus.  Returning on 14.44pm or 15.44pm X6 bus,

10.15am

(3.30pm)

Moderate Plus

8 miles

250m ascent

Coniston Copper Mines from Torver with Sheila Bull.   

An unusual approach above Coniston Water.    Includes reference to the 400 years of copper mining industry until the 1950s.  See reconstructed huge old mine waterwheel, for those who haven’t visited recently.

Meet Torver Church car park (SD285943) or car share at Ford Park [2] at 9.30am.

7pm

(8.30pm)

Easy

2-3 miles

Local Walk to the Pub with Jean Povey.  

Walk to Newland, up to The Falls and back to the Old Friends.  Walk off the stiffness of the day, or start from scratch, finishing with a beer or coffee.  No dogs please.

Meet at Ford Park car park [2]
Tuesday 28th April

9.40am

(3.45pm)

Moderate Plus

8 miles

Bay Views and Bluebells from Haverthwaite to Cark with Peter & Christine Quiggin. A lovely mixed-terrain walk, using a short bus ride to the start and short train ride back.  An easy, steady climb to Bigland Tarn, then a mixture of woodland and open fell paths with great views over the estuary, including a look into one of the best bluebell woods in the district.  Meet Ulverston Bus Station (Victoria Rd) [1] to catch the 9:52am X6 bus. Return from Cark on 14:35pm or (more likely) 15:36pm train.

10am

(3pm)

Moderate

6 miles

Subberthwaite Common with Martin Cooper (MR, ML, NP) and Colin Pickthall. 

A walk with great views and packed with interest, including bronze age and medieval settlements. WW2 training area, and 16th C Ashlack Hall.   Relatively easy walking with a few gentle ascents.  Mix of woodland, farm land and open low fell.

Start at Grizebeck garage (but don’t park on garage property), or car share at Ford Park [2] at 9.15am.

10.30am

(1pm)

Easy

4 miles

A walk into the Past Around Broughton with Stan Aspinall. 

Packed with interest including a windmill, castle and ancient courtyards.   

Start in Broughton Square or car share at Ford Park [2] at 9.45am. 

7pm

(8.30pm)

Easy

2-3 miles

Local Walk to the Pub with Jean Povey. 

Walk down to Next Ness and back to The Swan.  Walk off the stiffness of the day, or start from scratch, finishing with a beer or coffee.  No dogs please.

Meet at Ford Park car park [2]
Wednesday 29th April

6am

(8am)

Easy Walk

1½ miles

Breeding Birds of Birkrigg Common & Sea Wood with Mike Douglas (MR). 

See and hear many breeding and migrant birds in full song. Hear of their arduous journeys and fantastic displays.   Binoculars needed.    A must for anyone with an interest in birds.

Meet at grassy parking area near stone circle approx. 500m up minor road from the A5087 by Sea Wood (SD291738).

9.30am

(3.15pm)

Moderate

6 miles

Walking through history around the ancient capital of Furness with Neil McLaughlin-Cook.   

A circular walk packed with history, including a disused railway, mining remains, a medieval packhorse bridge, the atmospheric ruins of Furness Abbey, and Dalton Castle (special opening for walkers).   Some similarity to Cistercian Way walk on 26th April but from a different direction.

Meet at Ulverston Station [5] ready to catch the 9.42am train to Dalton, or meet at Dalton Station by 9.50am.

Return on the 2.56pm train.
 

10am

(5pm)

Hard

8½ miles

830m ascent

Western Coniston Fells with John Wealthall (MR, NP).

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.   Dogs under control welcome.

Start from bottom of Walna Scar Road near Seathwaite in Duddon Valley (SD240967). Parking limited at start so please car share at Ford Park [2]  if possible, leaving at 9am.

2pm

(4.30pm)

Easy Plus

3 miles

150m ascent
Blawith Knott and Tottlebank Heights with Keith Raine (MR).  Up Blawith Knott for a magnificent view of the higher fells, past one of the two smallest named tarns in the Lake District (useful for pub quiz fans), and on to Tottlebank Height, returning by path to start.  Start at Giant’s Grave (SD256880), via A5092 and ‘C’ road to west of Great Burney, or car share at Ford Park [2] at 1.15pm.

7pm

(8.30pm)

Easy

2-3 miles

Local Walk to the Pub with Jean Povey. Walk down Dragley Beck and the Rope Walk returning to the Devonshire Arms.  Walk off the stiffness of the day, or start from scratch, finishing with a beer or coffee. 

No dogs please.

Meet at the bus station in Victoria Road [1]
Thursday 30th April

10.30am

(3.30pm)

Moderate

6 miles

427m ascent
Yewdale to Black Crag with John Dennis (NP).  A relatively easy (once up Tom Ghyll) but longish walk to one of the lowest Wainwright summits, via Tarn Hows.  A lovely walk with great views over Coniston Water.  Meet at Glen Mary National Trust car park (payment required) (SD321998) or car share at Ford Park [2] at 9.15am.

11am

(4pm)

Moderate

5½ miles

300m ascent

Rusland and High Dam Circuit with Mick Shaw. 

Including water-powered forge, tannery and Arthur Ransome’s grave. Open fell up to High Dam with quite steep ascent, woodland and great fell views to north.   A new walk and leader.  Generous timing as lots to see.

Start at Rusland Church (SD338897) or car share at Ford Park [2] at 10.30am.

6.30pm

(8.30pm)

Easy

1 mile

Monuments of Ulverston Cemetery, and the lives & deaths of people remembered with Rod White.  

Mainly on paths, but turf may be wet.  (Also on Sat 25 Apr at 10am.)  This is the same walk as 2018, but with a couple of changes.

Meet at
Dr Wilson's lighthouse memorial in the cemetery; parking available at Ulverston Leisure Centre,
Priory Road
[8].
Friday 1st May

10am

(2pm)

Easy

3 miles

100m ascent

Sea Wood and Birkrigg Circuit with David Jackson. 

Along the beach to Baycliff then rural paths, including a long gradual rise up to Sunbrick, and on to the Quaker burial site and Birkrigg stone circle.

Meet at layby on main road through Sea Wood [4] (SD297737).

10.15am

(3.45pm)

Hard

8 miles

850m ascent

Goats Water Horseshoe with Keith Raine (MR). 

Including Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man (8th in the UK's 100 best walks).   

No dogs please.  

Meet Torver Church car park (SD285943) or car share at Ford Park [2] at 9.30am.

10.30am

(3.30pm)

Moderate

6 miles

200m ascent

Spectacular Trees with Martin Cooper (ML, MR, NP).  

Lovely circuit via Tarn Hows and the Monk Coniston Estate seeing examples of the oldest, tallest, largest, rarest and most unusual trees in the UK.  Good rural and woodland paths.  

Meet at Shepherd Bridge car park in Coniston (SD305978 - cheaper parking) or car share at Ford Park [2] at 9.45am.
Saturday 2nd May

10am

(3pm)

Hard

6 miles

670m ascent

Black Sails and Wetherlam from Coniston with John Wealthall (MR, NP). 

An unusual walk on the Coniston Range combining mining history with a good fell walk.  Great views from the summits followed by gentle descent. 

Dogs under control welcome.

Starting from minor road NW of Centre of Coniston by Holywath House up road from Ruskin Museum (SD300979) with free parking or car share at the back of Booths car park [6] at 9.00am. 

10am

(1pm)

Easy

5 miles
Plumpton Landscape with Jane Carson The influence of man on the landscape with a wildlife interest. Led by member of The Wildlife Trust. Binoculars useful. Meet at Booths pick-up point [6].

10.30am

(3.30pm)

Moderate

5 miles

Wordsworth’s Duddon with Stephe Cove (MR) and Gail Batten.   Celebrating the sites that inspired Wordsworth’s 33 Duddon Sonnets on the 200th anniversary of their publication.   Walking up the Duddon and Tarn Beck; ground rooty, rocky and muddy throughout and walking poles recommended.    Listen to verses “remote from the taint of sordid industry”. 

No dogs please.

Start at Seathwaite Parish Rooms (SD229960) or car share at the back of Booths car park [6]  at 9.30am.
Sunday 3rd May

10.30am

(3.30pm)

Moderate

6.2 miles

350m ascent

Caves, Falls and Fells with John Dennis (NP). 

Walk follows old quarry roads to Little Langdale, visits Cathedral Cave and then on to spectacular Colwith Falls; returning over High Oxen Fell and by Hodge Close quarry.  A very popular National Park walk.

Meet at Tilberthwaite Quarry car park, beyond Coniston (NY306010 - free parking.) or car share at Ford Park [2] at 9.15am.

11am

(3pm)

Moderate

6 miles

215m ascent

Lowick Church - Gawthwaite Moor and Lowick Common with Mick Shaw.     Easy walking on lanes and good tracks with great panoramic views.  

Another new walk by a new leader.

Meet at Lowick Church (SD290860) or car share at Ford Park [2] at 10.30am.

2pm

(3pm)

Easy

1 mile

A Short Walk up Gill Banks with Kim Farr (a member of the Gill Banks Action Group).  

An introduction to the woodland management plan and improvements to the habitat and biodiversity of Gill Banks.

Meet at the Cumbria Way Sculpture in the Gill [3].
Monday 4th May

10am

(1pm)

Easy

2 miles

Herb Walk with Sarah Atkinson - Medical Herbalist. Our most popular walk.  A gentle walk  walking down the canal to the Bay Horse, along the beach and then back via Next Ness to Ulverston (or return to the pub for refreshments if preferred).  Easy, flat walking throughout. Starting at Booths Supermarket [6]

10.15am

(3pm)

Moderate Plus

6 miles

400m ascent
Dunnerdale Horseshoe with Neil McLaughlin-Cook. A spectacular fell walk with outstanding views of the Duddon Estuary and Coniston fells.  One of our classic and oft-repeated walks but with a new leader. Meet and park at community car park, opposite the village hall in Broughton Mills (SD223906), or car share from Ford Park [2] leaving at 9.30am.

1.30pm

(4.30pm)

Easy

4 miles
The Industrial Archaeology of South Ulverston with Andrew Hudson & Jack Rice.  Circular walk including canal, industrial sites, Ainslie Pier, Outcast Rope Walk, and a visit to Sir John Barrow’s Cottage.  Start by steps down to Booths supermarket [6]
[?] – see map.     ML - mountain leader qualified.     MR - current or past member of a mountain rescue team.     NP – National Park qualified walk leader.

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