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Ulverston WalkFest 2019

Saturday 27th April - Monday 6th May 2019

Contacts

Walks

Walk fee £3 per person for all walks. 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 27th April
10 am
(12 Noon)
Easy 3 Miles Silly Hat Walk with Ron Creer.  Ron led the first walk in the first programme 20 years ago in his position as Town Mayor (wearing a silly hat).  He will lead the first walk again and advertising the festival around the town, both the inner ginnels and the fringe footpaths.  Please support this walk to get the festival off to a celebratory start in its 20th year and bring a silly hat and a sense of humour! Gill [3]
10 am
(3 pm)
Moderate 6 Miles Subberthwaite Common with Martin Cooper and Colin Pickthall.  A walk with great views and packed with interest, including bronze age and medieval settlements, 2nd WW training area, and 16th C Ashlack Hall.   Relatively easy walking with a few gentle ascents.  Mix of woodland, farm land and open low fell. Grizbeck Filling Station on A5092 LA17 7XH
(SD 238 851)
or car share at Ford Park [2] at 9:30am
10:30 am
(3 pm)

Moderate

4½ miles

250m ascent
Tilberthwaite – Holme Fell with John Dennis (NP).  A fairly strenuous short walk with short but steepish ascents and descents on grass paths.  But well worth the effort with some great views and away from the main walking routes. Tilberthwaite Quarry (free parking) or car share at Ford Park [2] at 9.30am
Sunday 28th April

10 am

(1:30 pm)

Moderate

6 miles

Broughton-in-Furness to Broughton Mills Circuit with Stan Aspinall.  Via Broughton Tower Estate and Lickle Valley, returning via ancient greenways and old railway track.  Delightful Lakeland scenery throughout. Broughton Square LA20 6HY or car share at Ford Park [2] at 9.30am.   

10.30 am

(3 pm)

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. Rusland Church (SD338897) but encouraged to car share at Ford Park [2] at 10am.
1:30 pm (4:30 pm)

Easy

4½ miles

Hodbarrow Iron Mines – with Stephe Cove (MR).   For something new and different - a guided tour of the remains of the old Millom Iron mines and the sea wall with local historian, including old maps and photographs. No dogs please. Steel Green near the back of the Herdwicks Restaurant (SD171789) or car share at Ford Park [2] at 12.45pm.
Monday 29th April

10 am

(3 pm)

Easy/Moderate

3/6 miles

Ulverston Parish Churches with Amy Fidler.  walk follows the Cumbria Way to St John’s at Osmotherley, returning via Mansriggs.  A short visit to both churches and experience some lovely rural countryside.  Opportunity to just walk one way with a lift back. NOTE: Walkers only walking one way need to meet at 9.30am St Mary’s in Church Walk [7]

10 am

(3 pm)

Easy Plus

7 miles

A ‘Cistercian Way’ with Colin Pickthall,  Starting at the top of the Ulverston Station approach road, past Swarthmoor Hall, Urswick stone walls, Old Dalton, Dalton Castle and 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. The top of the Ulverston Station [5] approach road

10.30am

(3.30pm)

Moderate

6 miles

Grange to Cark via Historical Gems & Breath-taking Views with Simon Hughes.   A lovely walk over Hampsfell with an opportunity to visit Cartmel and its Priory. Return by train from Cark at 3.36pm. Ulverston Station [5] in time to buy your return (cheaper) ticket for 10.17am train
  Event 20th Anniversary Social Get-together.  An evening event for current and past walk leaders who have helped to make the festival a success and major contributor to Ulverston as a festival town.  At the Stan Laurel pub in Ulverston, with a quiz and finger buffet, drinks can be purchased from the bar.  Booking essential.  More details on booking via  info@ulverstonwalkfest.co.uk or
07747 815 169
 
Tuesday 30th April

10 am

(2 pm)

Easy

3 miles

Sea Wood and Birkrigg Circuit with David Jackson. Along the beach to Baycliff then rural paths via Sunbrick, the Quaker burial site and Birkrigg stone circle, including explanation of the stone circle by Dorothy Sheppard – a local expert. Layby on main road through
Sea Wood [4] (SD297737)

10 am

(4.30 pm)

Moderate Plus

7 miles

450m ascent

Streams, Fort and Hills with John Wealthall (MR, NP). 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 from above, and close up, for anyone who hasn’t seen it before, with great views of the Scafells.  A highlight of last year’s festival. Birks Bridge in Duddon Valley (SD235996) or car share at Ford Park [2] at 9am.

10.30 am

(3.30 pm)

Moderate

7 miles

200m ascent
20 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.  One rocky path up to Tarn Hows but otherwise good rural and woodland paths.   (Option for some to save a mile by not walking around Tarn Hows.) Shepherds Bridge car park in Coniston
LA21 8AL
(SD 305 978 - cheaper parking) or car share at Ford Park [2] at 9.45am
Wednesday 1st May

9.30 am

(2.40 /
3.40 pm)

Moderate Plus

8½ miles

Cark to Newby Bridge with Peter and Christine Quiggin.  A lovely mixed terrain walk through open fields and bluebell woods with some short climbs.   Excellent views over Leven estuary.

Wait at Newby Bridge Hotel nearby for return bus if need be.

Ulverston Station [5] in time to buy your ticket for 9.04am train to Cark. Return by bus from Newby Bridge, at either 2.44pm or 3.44pm.  

11.30 am

(4 pm)

Moderate

4 miles
Ulpha Park Circular Walk with Keith Raine (MR).  Mountain and valley views, taking in Castle How, Bleabeck Bridge (old packhorse bridge) and Frith Hall, (romantic 400 year old ruined hunting lodge). Beckstones just off Corney Fell Road, above Duddon Valley (SD183902) or car share at Ford Park [2] at 10.45am.

3 pm

(5 pm)

Easy

2 miles

Ulverston Art and Verse – with Jean Povey, the doyen of the original festival 20 years ago and coordinator for 13 years.  A tour of the murals of Ulverston with local verses. Finishing at the Hope and Anchor on Daltongate. The walled garden in Ford Park [2]
Thursday 2nd May

9 am

(12 noon)

Easy

3½ miles

Bird Watching with Mike Douglas (MR). 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. (Note this is the same route as Mon 6 May Herb Walk.) Booths supermarket [6]

10 am

(3 pm)

Moderate Plus

7 miles
East of Coniston Water with Alan Robinson.  A circular walk via High Nibthwaite and Bethecar Moor.  A new walk in a little visited area.  Water Yeat Village Hall (obvious blue building north of A5084 to Coniston SD288892) or car share from Ford Park [2] at 9.30am

10 am

(4 pm)

Hard

8 miles

650m ascent
Dow Crag from the Duddon Valley with Stephe Cove (MR). To include Seathwaite Tarn. A lovely walk from an unusual start, avoiding the Coniston crowds. Involving significant ascent.  No dogs please.  If the weather is poor an alternative walk through the Wallowbarrow Gorge to Grassguards from the same initial meeting point.  Seathwaite Parish Room near The Newfield Inn (SD229961) or car share at Ford Park [2] at 9am.
  Event Supper & Slide Evening - A celebratory evening starting with a Pie and Pea Supper (£6.50) at the Manor House, Oxen Park followed by a short talk by Jean Povey about the early years of the festival in The Carthouse opposite the pub. Sheila Bull will then give an illustrated talk of walking the 500 mile Santiago de Compostela Camino across northern Spain.  Talks are free but donations to Sheila’s Nepal charity welcomed.  Booking essential.  Further details via info@ulverstonwalkfest.co.uk or 07747 815 169.  
Friday 3rd May

9 am

(4 pm)

Moderate Plus

12½ miles

360m ascent
20k Anniversary Walk – Circuit of Ulverston with Linda Marshall. A circumnavigation of Ulverston's natural and historical highlights including the canal, Coastal Way, Conishead Priory, Birkrigg Common, the ancient church of Great Urswick, Swarthmoor Hall and Sir John Barrow Monument.  Mainly flat with gradual gradients.  Some stiles and gates through farmland. A good pace will be maintained due to distance. No dogs please.. Booths Supermarket [6]

10 am

(3 pm)

Moderate

6½ miles
Greenodd’s Postman’s Paths with Tony Mayo. An interesting circuit from Greenodd including the Leven Estuary, excellent views of the southern Lakeland fells and woods with spring flowers, with the walk interspersed with historical snippets. One short steep grassy field ascent and muddy in parts. Return bus either 2.52 or 3.52pm from Greenodd, depending on the weather/interest in aspects of the walk.  Greenodd bus shelter (SD313826) or use X6 bus leaving Ulverston [1] at 9.52am

10.30 am

(12.30 pm)

Easy

1 mile
Ulverston Anniversary History with local historian Jennifer Snell.  20 points of interest in and around St Mary’s Parish Church.  A few areas of rough grass and steps but otherwise easy going. Ford Park [2] gates
Saturday 4th May

10.30 am

(3.30 pm)

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. Tilberthwaite Quarry car park, beyond Coniston (NY306010 - free parking.)  No car share due to Park Run at Ford Park.

1.30 pm

(4.45 pm)

Easy

4 miles
The Industrial Archaeology of South Ulverston with Andrew Hudson.  Circular walk including canal, industrial sites, Sir John Barrow Cottage (open for viewing) and Outcast rope walk. To include Ainslie Pier, if tide allows. By steps down to Booths supermarket [6]

10.am

(2 pm)

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 (optional) Café available at Hall - or packed lunch stop with free tea at Chapel. Ulverston Station [5]
Sunday 5th May

10 am
(3 pm)

Hard

6 miles

650m ascent
Black Sails via Coniston Copper Mines with John Wealthall (MR, NP).  An unusual walk on the Coniston Range combining history with a good fell walk.  Great views from the summit followed by gentle descent. Minor road NW of Centre of Coniston by Holywath House (SD300979) with free parking or car share at Ford Park [2] at 9am.

10.30 am

(3.30 pm)

Moderate

7 miles
Blawith Beacon Trek with Mervyn Cooper (NP). A walk to the summit of Blawith Beacon with lunch at Beacon Tarn.  Visiting sites of archaeological interest (and a mystery aquarium!!). Torver Parish Room (SD285943) or car share at Ford Park [2] at 9.40am.

2 pm
(5 pm)

Easy

4 miles
Interesting Sites in East Ulverston with Martin Cooper.  A leisurely tour of 3 ‘Grand Design’ houses, the Newland Iron Furnace and the Hoad Monument, with brief expert summaries of Sir John Barrow (and the opportunity to climb the monument) and the furnace.  Mainly on lanes and good paths with a gentle climb up to the monument.  Booths Supermarket [6]
Monday 6th May

10 am

(12 noon)

Easy

2 miles

Herb Walk with Sarah Atkinson - Medical Herbalist. Our most popular 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. (Note this is the same route as Thursday’s bird watching walk.) Booths Supermarket [6]

10.15 am

(3.45 pm)

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.   Torver Church car park (SD285943) or car share at Ford Park [2] at 9.45am

10.30 am

(2 pm)

Moderate

5 miles
Rusland Valley Rural Ramble with Dave Hughes (MR).  A  Woodland Trust walk with rural and woodland aspects.   Low level but with a few gentle hills. Oxen Park Village Hall (SD317874 - small donation for parking) or car share from Ford Park [2] at 10am

11 am

(3 pm)

Moderate Plus

/Activity

4 miles
Map Reading in Wild Country with Martin Cooper (ML, MR, NP). 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. Lay-by near Gawthwaite (SD267847)
[?] – 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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