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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.

MorningMorning

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.
Ulverston

Ulverston at Ulverston Town Council

This quirky market town, renowned for its year round programme of colourful festivals, has many claims to fame, including being the birthplace of Stan Laurel and home of the world famous Laurel and Hardy Museum.
 

LunchLunch

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

Swarthmoor Hall

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.
 

AfternoonAfternoon

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 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. Return your bikes when you get back to the station.

OvernightOvernight

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.
 
 

Details of Ulverston at Ulverston Town CouncilUlverston at Ulverston Town Council

This quirky market town, renowned for its year round programme of colourful festivals, has many claims to fame, including being the birthplace of Stan Laurel and home of the world famous Laurel and Hardy Museum. The twice-weekly street market, charming speciality shops and narrow, cobbled streets are a major draw for local people and visitors alike. Periodically there are also speciality food fairs selling organic produce and local delicacies. Ulverston, marks the start of the 70 mile Cumbrian Way and holds many pleasant surprises for the visitor. The Lakes Glass Centre is another Ulverston attraction offering a chance to see glassmakers using traditional methods, and to visit the 'Gateway to Furness Exhibition'. The town is credited with inventing pole vaulting as a sport in 1879. Outside the town, high on a hill, sits the Hoad Monument, a copy of a lighthouse, built in 1850. It was built as a tribute to Sir John Barrow, 1764-1848, an author, explorer and Under-Secretary to the Admiralty. Sometimes, the monument is open to visitors. At the top are stunning views over Morecambe Bay and the Lake District.

View key to symbolskeyAccepts groups Cash Point Coach parties accepted Disabled toilets Gift shop On-site catering On-site light refreshments Postbox Public toilets Telephone (public) Disabled access

Contact

Ulverston Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01229 587120
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Venue

Ulverston Town Council

Town Hall, Queen Street, LA12 7AR, LA12 7AR

Map reference: SD 285782
     Lat: 54.19585  Long: -3.07165
M6 motorway, jct 36. A590 towards Barrow. Ulverston straddles main road.

Parking : free

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