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Morecambe Bay Cycleway - Day 1

Arrive by Rail, Explore by Bike

There is no better way to explore this lesser travelled part of the Cumbrian Coast than by bike. The Morecambe Bay Cycleway (Sustrans route 700) offers coastal views and quiet country lanes, interspersed with which quirky towns and villages well worth the stop off.

The availability of electric bikes to hire across the route make it achievable even for the novice cyclist. This option takes in the first section of the route and matches it with a rest day in the festival town of Ulverston.

Morning

Get the train to Ulverston station. Ulverston is a great base for this weekend break with a selection of self-catering accommodation or B&Bs (it even has a campsite not far from the town centre). If you are staying over you can drop your luggage. From the station it is just a short walk to Velo Cycles, where you can pick up a hire bike. Velo offer standard bike hire or smile-inducing electric bikes, which give you that extra help along the way.
 

Lunch

Not far up the road from Velo Cycles is the Quaker meeting house Swarthmoor Hall. This 16th Century Country House is known as the cradle of Quakerism because, in the mid 1600's the Hall to became the Quaker movement's headquarters. Fuel up for your journey in these beautiful surroundings and maybe learn a little more about the hall’s fascinating history.
Swarthmoor Hall
 

Afternoon

Follow the route up over Birkrigg Common and out onto the coast for some stunning views. There are plenty of places to stop and ponder, plus some welcoming refreshment and ice-cream stops.

When you arrive at Rampside you can either retrace your steps or follow Rampside Road and then Roose Road. This takes you towards Roose Station on the right. Here you can board the train back to Ulverston. Only two bikes per train service, no booking required. Please check train times before you travel and the Northern website for details of bike carriage. Return your bikes when you get back to the station.
 

Overnight

Overnight in the festival Town of Ulverston which hosts a packed festival calendar across the year. There is no shortage of quality places to eat and drink so take your pick.

 

Lunch: Swarthmoor Hall

Address

Swarthmoor Hall Lane
Swarthmoor
Ulverston
Cumbria
LA12 0JQ

Contact Details

Tel: 01229 583204
Swarthmoor Hall is a 16th Century country house (circa 1586) set in beautiful gardens and grounds in 130 acres of farmland, with views to neighbouring fells and close to the bustling market town of Ulverston. Visitors comment on its sense of place – of the people who have lived here, its tranquillity and beauty. It is known as the cradle of Quakerism because, in the mid 1600's Judge Thomas Fell and his wife Margaret provided protection and hospitality for early Quakers, notably George Fox (the founder of the Quaker movement) and allowed the Hall to become the Quaker movement's headquarters at that time.
There are six historic rooms to view. They house a fine selection of 17th Century furniture as well as items associated with early Quaker history. Why not come and find out more?

The Hall is open for day visitors Monday to Thursday 1.30 - 4.30pm, (last admissions 4pm) from Monday 25 February 2013 to Thursday 31 October 2013 (and for group tours at other times by appointment).
Audio guides are provided for self-guided tours or a guide for larger groups.
Our tradition of hospitality remains – we offer tea/coffee and a biscuit as part of the entrance fee to the house.

Visitors are also welcome to enjoy our beautiful gardens which are open every day where they can sit, relax and picnic or take a stroll in our wildflower meadow.
We look forward to welcoming you!
For further information visit: http://www.swarthmoorhall.co.uk

Directions

On the outskirts of Ulverston just off the A590, 25 minutes from J36 of the M6.

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesMonday to Friday 10.30am - 16.30pm, (except the last Thursday in the month 1.30-4.30pm) and Saturday & Sunday 1.30-4.30pm, from mid-February to 31 October, and at other times by appointment.