Ulverston and the Hoad (approx. 4 miles)

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Map: Explorer OL7 The English Lakes - South Eastern area (a few metres of the walk are on sheet OL6)
Start: SD 285 779 - Ulverston Railway Station.
Route: a short circular walk that leads through Ulverston, allowing you to explore the quirky town centre with its market, independent shops and cafes (either on your way up the hill, on the way down, or both. Also not to be missed is the Laurel and Hardy Museum. After leaving the town centre you climb Hoad Hill to the Sir John Barrow Monument (locally known as The Hoad). The return to the town takes you along a woodland path by the side of Gill Bank Beck.
Links to Route Files: Ordnance Survey OS Maps online (may only available to OSMaps subscribers) or .gpx (exported from OS Maps app on Android device - can be imported into many devices).

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route profile
Refreshments: Plenty of choice of cafes and pubs - we have enjoyed tea and coffee at the quirky The Fourpence Cafe & Shop on King Street on our visits to Ulverston.

Ulverston railway station We left the station and turned left on to Conishead Road.
junction of Conishead Road and Prince's Street We then turned left again to follow Prince's Street.
crossing A590 We crossed the dual carriageway and walked ahead along Queen Street
Ulverston Market Place ... to the Market Place. We saved exploring the town centre until our return, so again walked ahead into King Street.
looking across mivi-roundabout to Church Walk At the mini roundabout we again went ahead onto Church Walk
Ulverston Parish Church which (not surprisingly) lead to the gates to the churchyard. We went through the first pair of gates and followed the path to the right, alongside railings. Where Church Walk turns to the left
Looking towards the Hoad leave the churchyard and follow Back Ford Park - here you have a clear view of the monument (and so can tell if it's open - a flag is flown when the monument is open and you can climb the interior staircase)
the foot of Hoad Hill Bear left up the slope or the steps
climbing Hoad Hill to follow the clear path - at the junction shown, we took the path on the left.
climbing Hoad Hill The path winds up the hill, with steps in places.
climbing Hoad Hill You walk below the monument and we cut across the grass
the Sir John Barrow Monument towards the monument.
view from Hoad Hill There are splendid views
view from Hoad Hill ... in all directions, with information boards pointing out what you can see (if it's clear enough).
path leading down Hoad Hill Follow the clear path leading north east. This curves round to the north ...
path leading down Hoad Hill and then north west and almost due west as it descends.
stile leading into Out Rake Plantation Where the track bends round to the left, climb the ladder stile ahead. Follow the path
Out Rake Plantation through woodland
by Town Bank Road A gate leads onto Town Bank Road. Cross the road, bearing right
by Town Bank Road to go through the metal kissing gate.
between Town Bank Road and Old Hall Road The grassy path lead s uphill, heading south west
between Town Bank Road and Old Hall Road ... and then descends
Old Hall Road ... to meet Old Hall Road. Cross the road, bearing left to go through another metal kissing gate. the footpath sign indicates, The Gill .
towards Gill Banks Beck Almost immediately you cross what would have been the headrace for a watermill before passing through another metal kissing gate into
by Gill Banks Beck ... woodland at Gill Banks. Where the path divides, we took the lower right-hand route (but as the paths join further along, it doesn't matter which fork you take).
approaching the Gill The path widens as you reach part of Ulverston known as
the Gill ... the Gill. We walked across the car park and down Mill Street. We then turned right, back on to King Street (but there are plenty of narrow lanes to explore - if you follow the remainder of our route back to the station, it will take you through the Market Hall, to the Laurel and Hardy Museum and past the Laurel & Hardy statue.
looking along Market Street We walked down King Street and turned left along Market Street. We then turned right into New Market Street and left to walk through the Market Hall. Leaving the Market we turned right into
Laurel and Hardy statue Brogden Street. From the museum we turned right to walk alongside the dual carriageway .. .
Laurel and Hardy Museum to pose by the statue of Laurel and Hardy. We continued by the side of the dual carriageway to the pelican crossing at the junction with Queen Street - cross and return to the station along Prince's Street.

All text and images © Graham Dean, November, 2019.

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