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Ulverston WalkFest 2018

Saturday 28th April - Monday 7th May 2018



Ulverston Walkfest 2017 Programme



Generally, we have no booking system. Just turn up.

However, some walks will ask you to book due to the restriction on numbers. Correct money would be greatly appreciated as walk leaders may not have the change.


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Saturday 22nd April

Introduction to Basic Map Reading Skills. - £2

Booking essential on 07730 870298. Compasses and maps will be provided. Outdoor clothing essential, some muddy and uneven ground. No dogs.

With Owen Osmotherley, 3 miles, 3 hours, Easy Walk / Activity

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

Swarthmoor Circular Walk - £2

Including visits to Swarthmoor Hall (home of the Quakers), the Quaker Meeting House, and tea at Swarthmoor Chapel.  No dogs.
Entry to Swarthmoor Hall £6, Café available - or free tea at Chapel.

With David Jackson, 3½ miles, 4 hours, Easy Walk

10:30 am Meet at Ulverston train station (linked to Barrow train). (Meeting Point 7)

Waterfall Walk from Satterthwaite. - £3

Takes in 'The Bathers' (Grizedale sculpture), Force Falls, Rusland Church and Arthur Ransome's grave. No steep ascents but some steepish descents. 

With Jane McQuillin, 5½ miles, 4½ hours, Moderate Walk

10:30 am Start at Satterthwaite Bridge (SD337921) but encouraged to share cars at Ford Park at 10am. (Meeting Point 2)

Tilberthwaite to Cathedral Cave, Colwith Force & Hodge Close. - £3 

Lunch, torch and full fell kit needed. Dogs welcome.
Some sections similar to walk on Sat 29 Apr.

With John Wealthall, 6 miles, 5 hours, Moderate Walk

10:30 am Start Tilberthwaite Car Park or car share from Ford Park at 9.45am.
(Meeting Point 2)


Sunday 23rd April

Coniston Copper Mines & Levers Water - £3

A historical walk around the Coppermines Valley and Red Dell, via Levers Water and Boulder Valley.  Full hill going boots & clothing essential. Well-behaved dogs allowed.

With John Dennis, 5 miles 5 hours, Moderate Plus Walk

10:30 am Meet Coniston Sports & Social Club, Shepherds' Bridge road (cheaper parking!) (SD305978). Car share from Ford Park at 9.45am. (Meeting Point 2)

Ulverston to Conishead -  £3

Out by Priory Road, back via coast & canal.   Lunch at Canal Foot. 

With Richard Scott, 6 miles, 4¼ hours, Moderate Walk

10:45 am Meet Ulverston Station (linked to Barrow train). (Meeting Point 7)

Historic Ulverston - Guided Walk. - Free

Join Morecambe Bay Partnership and Greenlane Archaeology looking at how Ulverston developed in the medieval period.  

With Morecambe Bay Partnership, 1 mile, 2 hours, Easy Walk

2:00 pm To book, and for meeting point, follow the link www.morecambebay.org.uk/events or telephone 01539 734888.


Monday 24th April

Lovely Rural Walk from Spark Bridge - £3

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

With Sheila Bull, 7 miles, 4¼ hours, Moderate Walk

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

Leven Valley Industrial Archaeology. - £3

Woods & fells of Backbarrow & Haverthwaite, including mineral works and cottage industries.

With John Wilkinson, 3 miles, 3½ hours, Easy Plus Walk

10:30 am Meet outside Motor Museum. (NB. Café at Museum!) or 9.52am X6 bus from Victoria Road (returning at 2.47pm) is an option. (Meeting Point 1)

Blooming Ulverston! - £2

Entering the Cumbria in Bloom Competition is much more than putting flowers in hanging baskets! Come and find out what is involved and get a preview of the judge’s tour. 

With Kim Farr, 1 mile, 1½ hours, Easy Walk

2:00 pm Meet at Cumbria Way sculpture in The Gill. (Meeting Point 4)


Tuesday 25th April

The Hidden Woodland Valley. - £3

Chance to explore with knowledgeable ex NP/NT Ranger. Both woodland and low fell but with a few rough patches, covering flowers, birds and history at a leisurely pace. 

With Chris Berry, 4 miles, 4 hours, Moderate Walk

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

Ulverston Circular Walk. - £3

⅔ of the full circle, including fell, coastal, rural and wooded sections.  With brief history of key points and features including the canal, maritime heritage and geology of Birkrigg Common. Dogs welcome on lead.

With Jack Rice & Andrew Hudson, 8 miles, 4½ hours, Moderate Plus Walk

10:30 am  Meet at pick-up point at Booths. (Meeting Point 8)

Bigland Barrow. - £3

Circular walk, taking in wartime observation tower, 360 degree views of Furness and fells. Only 180m of ascent.

With Keith Raine, 5 miles, 3½ hours, Moderate Walk

10:30 am Meet Canny Hill Road (SD369859) or car share from Ford Park at 10am. (Meeting Point 2)

9.52am X6 bus from Victoria Road also an option. (Meeting Point 1)


Wednesday 26th April

Plumpton Landscape. - £3

The influence of man on the landscape with a wildlife interest. Led by member of The Wildlife Trust.  Binoculars useful. For a longer walk to Plumpton see below.

With Jane Carson, 5 miles, 3 hours, Easy Saunter

10:00 am Meet at Booths pick-up point. (Meeting Point 8)

Iron Age to Iron Mine. - £3

Newbiggin to Plumpton coastal walk, with some history. Bring lunch, but NO Dogs. A pause at The Bay Horse (Canal Foot) is planned before returning via the Canal. For a shorter walk to Plumpton see above.

With Colin Pickthall, 8½ miles, 5 hours, Moderate Plus Walk

10:40 am Meet at Victoria Road for the No 11 bus at 10.15am to start at Newbiggin, south of Sea Mill (SD271695). (Meeting Point 1)

Arnside Circuit. - £3

Including: Fairy Steps (where you can make a wish!) and Marble Quarry (limestone pavement). 

With Peter & Christine Quiggin, 7 miles, 4 hours, Moderate Walk

10:50 am Meet Arnside Station or catch 10:28am train from Ulverston, returning at 14:57 or 15:54pm (£5.40 return or £3.55 with railcard). (Meeting Point 7)


Thursday 27th April

Breeding Birds of Birkrigg Common & Sea Wood. - £2

See and hear many breeding and migrant birds in full song. Hear of their arduous journeys and fantastic displays.

With Mike Douglas, 1½ miles, 2 hours, Easy Walk

6:15 am Meet at grassy parking area near stone circle approx. 500m up minor road from the A5087 by Sea Wood (SD291738).

Cark to Newby Bridge. - £3

A lovely mixed terrain walk (1 short steepish climb), with views of Leven estuary and taking in part of Coastal Way and Bigland Heights.

With Jane McQuillin, 8½ miles, 6 or 7 hours, Moderate Plus Walk

8:50 am Meet Ulverston Station for 9.08am train (£2.90 without card), returning by bus from Newby Bridge (£2.50).  2.44pm bus used last year (just) but next bus gets to Ulverston by 4pm.  (Newby Bridge Hotel on hand!) (Meeting Point 7)

Painting at Ford Park Gardens and Café. - £2

Join Dudley with your pencils, paints and a folding seat.  Beginners very welcome. Car parking, café and toilets available.  No dogs please.

With Dudley Clark, 4 hours, Activity

10:00 am Ford Park (Meeting Point 2)


 Friday 28th April

Two Tarns from Newby Bridge. - £3

Visit Boretree Tarn and High Dam through woodland, open fell and the lovely village of Finsthwaite. May be boggy in parts - please wear appropriate footwear.

With Simon Hughes, 7 miles, 4¾ hours, Moderate Walk

10:15 am   Meet in front of Swan Hotel, Newby Bridge, or 9.52am X6 bus from Victoria Road. (Meeting Point 1)

Ulpha Park Circular Walk. - £3

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, 4 miles, 3½ hours, Moderate Walk

11:30 am  Meet at Beckstones off Corney Fell Road (SD183902) or 11am at Ford Park for car share. (Meeting Point 2)       

Introduction to Nordic Walking. - £2

Fitness walk over Birkrigg Common (for all levels of fitness). Bring walking poles or supplied by leader.  From age 12.  No dogs please.

With Roger Holmes, 3 miles, 2 hours, Easy Plus Walk

2:00 pm Booking on 07713 626204 and for meeting point.

Ulverston Ale Trail.  - Free

A get-together for walkers and leaders, visiting several real-ale pubs of historical interest.

With Richard Scott, ½ mile, Activity

7:00 pm Meet Ulverston Brewery, Victoria Road. (Meeting Point 5)


 Saturday 29th April

Conishead Priory, Birkrigg Stone Circle - Circuit. - £3

Local history, natural beauty and great views. Free parking.  Temple, shop and café open 11am to 5pm, with meditation in Temple from 2pm.

With Geoff Roe, 5 miles, 3¾ hours, Moderate Walk

9:45 am Meet at reception in historic house. (Meeting Point 6)

Rusland Moss National Nature Reserve. - £3

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

With Dave Robson, 4 miles, 3½ hours, Easy Walk / Visit

10:30 am Start at Rusland Church (SD 338897) but encouraged to meet to share cars at Ford Park at 10am. (Meeting Point 2)

Tom Gill to Tarn Hows, Colwith Force & Hodge Close. - £3

Great views, tarns, waterfalls and quarry. Some steepish slopes. Full fell kit and lunch needed. Dogs welcome. Some sections similar to walk on Sat 22 Apr.

With John Wealthall, 6 miles, 6 hours, Moderate Plus Walk

10:30 am Start Tom Gill/Glen Mary NT car park (SD321998) (2 miles north of Coniston). Non-NT members parking £5.50 (coins only) or free up the road. Or car share from Ford Park at 9.30am. (Meeting Point 2) 


 Sunday 30th April

Wallowbarrow Gorge from Seathwaite - £3

Follow the hidden section of River Duddon through magnificent gorge to Fickle Steps (or Birks Bridge) followed by a climb up to Grassguards (or through Harter Fell Forest) and back over the fell.  The path through the gorge is rocky and some parts are likely to be muddy, requiring good footwear. No dogs. Length to be decided on the day with possibility of leaders splitting to cover both options.

With Stephe Cove & Dave Hughes, 4 or 6 miles, 4 or 5 hours, Moderate or Moderate Plus Walk

10:30 am Meet Seathwaite Parish Room (SD228960) or car share from Ford Park at 9:45am. (Meeting Point 2)

Wetherlam from Tilberthwaite. - £3

640m ascent and quite steep in places. Passing old copper mines with wonderful views of Scafells, Langdales, Coniston fells and out to sea.  Full hill gear needed.

With Keith Raine, 5½ miles, 5 hours, Hard Walk

10:30 am Start Tilberthwaite car park (NY306010). Car share from Ford park at 9.45am. (Meeting Point 2)

Family Fun at Alpaca Encounter. - Adults £2, Children Free

Walk to farm for talk, feeding & sale of products.  Children under 16 free but must be accompanied by an adult.  No dogs.  Boots recommended.  Nos limited so booking essential on 01229 467916 (with answerphone).

With Maggie Hook, 2 miles, 2 hours, Easy Walk / Activity

2:00 pm Meet at start of Cumbria Way in Gill. (Meeting Point 4)


 Bank Holiday Monday 1nd May

Herb Walk. - £2

Bardsea Birkrigg circuit, looking at hedgerow herbs.  Led by Medical Herbalist.

Dogs are welcome.

With Sarah Atkinson, 2 miles, 2 hours, Easy Walk

10:00 am Meet Bardsea Village Church.  (Meeting Point 3)                                   

Mining, Cists and Cairns of the Dunnerdale Fells. - £3

Total height gain 437 metres.
A ramble exploring historic sites recorded by the 'Ring Cairns to Reservoirs' Project. Full fell-walking clothing essential. Dogs on leads welcome. Bring lunch.

With Linda Marshall, 4 miles, 5 hours, Moderate Plus Walk

11:00 am Meet Ford Park 10.30am to share cars. (Meeting Point 2), Call Linda Marshall on 07747 815 169 for start point.

Map Reading in Wild Country. - £3

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

With Martin Cooper, 4 miles, 4 hours, Moderate Plus Walk / Activity

11:00 am Meet lay-by near Gawthwaite (SD267847).  Book on 07792 422160 and for lift or car share.




Mountain Rescue: How to stay safe on the Fells

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Advice for staying safe on the hills, taking precautions
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