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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.

 

Morning

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.
 

Lunch

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.

Ulverston

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

 
 

Afternoon

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.

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Ulverston

The world-famous Laurel and Hardy Museum is situated in the town that was the birthplace of half of the comic duo, Stan Laurel.

 

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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.

 
 

Evening

 

Overnight

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

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