Ulverston

Sunday July 3rd 2011.

Today the club visited Ulverston, the three walks were

“A” Party.    leader :- Bob McConnell   .      Distance 11 miles

We commence at the triangular open space called The Gill where a sign announces the start of the Cumbria Way, a short part of which we will be walking. Having made our way along paths, road and past a farm and Little Knottalow Tarn we follow a track across a moorland slope dotted with wind turbines. We make our way up to the summit cairn on Kirkby Moor at 1092 ft (333m). Weather permitting, there are good views of Morecambe Bay, Conniston Fells and other prominent Lakeland fells. We then descent to the little village of Gawthwaite and follow a farm track away from the main road. The track continues as a path across a number of fields passing close to a couple of farmsteads taking us to the little village of Broughton beck. we then follow  a rather vague path past another farmstead eventually reaching a minor road. we continue along this narrow road until we reach Newland Bottom. At Newland Bottom we cross a bridge over the river, then zigzag up a wooded slope and continue into the higher fields. After crossing over the hill we make our way along a clear path to the lighthouse shaped monument which is in memory of Sir John Barrow. We then make our way down a path on the side of the hill back into Ulverston for a well deserved drink.

The “B” Party walk was led by Keith Tattersall. Distance 8.5 miles.

We leave the Gill to follow the Cumbria Way passing through Old Hall Farm, Newbiggin, Hollowmire to Well House. Returning via Broughton Beck, Mansriggs, Newland Bottom and then follow the path down to the road. we have a short walk on road to take the winding path up the Hoad – this can be done at own pace and will hopefully be rewarded with good panoramic views of Morecambe Bay and mountains in the distance. We then make an easy descent back down to Ulverston with its cobbled streets and interesting shops. There is also the chance to see the statue of Laurel & Hardy which is outside Coronation Hall. Fot those of you that don’t already know, Stan Laurel was born in Ulverston.

The “C” Party was led by Les Waller. Distance 6.5 miles.

The circular walk starts from Ulverston town centre, moving to the A5087 main road. After one mile and just past the caravan site we ascend on our first footpath to Middle Mount Barrow and walk to the edge of Birkrigg common. Turning left, we walk the lane down to Great Urswick and the tarn. From the tarn we walk through the village and then northwest uphill past Flast Woods and on to the country lane west of Swarthmoor and hence back to Ulverston.

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