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Take the train for cobbles, Quakers and a piano on the stairs

You know you are onto a winner when you arrive into a railway station that oozes elegance. Ulverston does just that with its grade II listed sandstone clock tower and a Victorian wrought iron glass canopy.

If you are a keen cyclist, why not bring the bike by train and take full advantage of the Morecambe Bay Cycleway. If the energetic peddling doesn’t take your breathe away, the views most certainly will.

Morecambe Bay Cycleway

The route boasts 81 miles of scenery and attractions such as the early Victorian Gothic mansion Conishead Priory, which is now a world-renowned Buddhist Centre. You will also ride through Cartmel, famous for cheese, sticky toffee pudding and the fascinating 13th century Cartmel Priory.

Along the way you'll be able to whip out your phone and snap the views of the bay or stop for a breather on the beach at Walney. If you are very lucky you may spot seals or catch a glimpse of rare birds like ospreys or red kites.

Bardsea is the place to relax on the shore with an ice cream whilst the nearby Birkrigg Common is a chance to relax in a different way. Enjoy a picnic with a panoramic view of the coast or visit the stone circle and contemplate the meaning of life through deep meditation or just sit on a rock and enjoy a sandwich!

Ulverston is a historic market town with its cobbled streets and old-world charm. The town is perhaps most famous for the Sir John Barrow monument, known locally as ‘Hoad’ or the ‘Pepper pot.’ It is basically a lighthouse that doesn’t function as such as it is not close enough to the sea! Perched at the top of Hoad Hill, it is one of the most prominent landmarks in Cumbria. You can see for miles with views of the bay, the Lake District fells and on a clear day you will even get a glimpse of Blackpool tower.

Did you know the Quaker movement started in Ulverston? Swarthmoor Hall is the birthplace of founder George Fox who began preaching there in 1652. It remains a Quaker retreat to this day and is a historic and deeply spiritual place to visit.

Ulverston was also the birthplace of Stan Laurel from legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy. You must have a selfie with the famous pair, they are just five minutes walk from the station, in their trademark bowler hats. The statues are not the only treat for the fans, who have been growing in number since the recent film biopic starring Steve Coogan. You can lose hours trawling through the memorabilia at the Laurel and Hardy Museum or see their films on the big screen. That piano on the stairs routine never stops being funny.

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