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Morecambe Bay Cycleway - Day 2

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.

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If you are feeling fresh after your ride you could head up to the local landmark of the Hoad on Hoad Hill. Well signposted from the town centre, this in-land lighthouse (known locally as the pepper pot) was erected in memory of one of Ulverston’s famous sons, Sir John Barrow. Sir John Barrow was a British geographer and promoter of arctic exploration. On a weekend, if the flag is flying on Hoad Hill you can gain access to stunning views across the Lakeland fells and the bay from the top of the tower.
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.
 

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Gillam's is a high class, traditional tearoom located in a beautifully restored 18th century building in the heart of Ulverston. Gillam's is a member of the tea guild and serve over 20 varieties of finest quality loose leaf teas and a selection of speciality coffees, alongside quality tearoom fayre.
gillam's shop front

Gillam's Tearoom

Gillam's is a high class, traditional tearoom located in a beautifully restored 18th century building in the bustling market town of Ulverston.
 

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Spend some time exploring the independent shops in around the towns marketplace and alleys, alternatively spend your time finding out about Ulverston’s other famous son, Stan Laurel. Although raised in America, Stan was born in Ulverston. The statue outside the Coronation Hall was erected in his honour, where many Son’s of the Desert make pilgrimage. You can learn more about his life and works at the Laurel and Hardy Museum towards the rear of the Coronation Hall.

If slapstick humour is not your thing then the walk back out of town to Conishead Priory and the Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre. The stunning Buddhist temple set in the priory and grounds offer a tranquil retreat. With walks through the grounds to the sea and a café set in the stately priory it is a lovely place to sit and ponder.
Laurel and Hardy Museum

Laurel and Hardy Museum

The world-famous Laurel and Hardy Museum is situated in the town that was the birthplace of half of the comic duo, Stan Laurel.
 
Kadampa Buddhist Temple For World Peace

Buddhist Temple at The World Peace Temple, Ulverston

The modern Temple for World Peace provides a place for quiet reflection and spiritual inspiration. It is used every day for meditation and prayers.
 

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Stay another night exploring Ulverston’s night life or return home on the train.
 
 

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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