The Festival Town on the Edge of the Lake District
Spring is well and truly here! Flowers are blooming, blossom’s on the trees and birds are busy building their nests. This is a great time to get outdoors and explore, and Ulverston and the surrounding countryside has so much to offer.
View our Ulverston Walks page for a selection of guided video walks that take in the glorious South Lakeland countryside. The walks are presented by Ulverston based photographer (and keen rambler), Adam Kappa, who acts as the perfect guide; offering helpful tips and sharing local knowledge about the walks with great enthusiasm for this part of the lakes.
From easy jaunts to more challenging scrambles, there are walks for all abilities, across different types of terrain (paths, roads, woods and farmland), taking in the sites along the way. Visit Ulverston’s most famous sites, including the Sir John Barrow Monument on the Hoad from Ford Park Walk, witness the abundance of wildlife on the canal and coast on the Ulverston Canal Walk and take in the stunning scenery of Morecambe Bay and the fells on the Gill Banks and the Flan Walk.
Hoad from Ford Park Walk
Starting at Ford Park, this circular walk is short, just 1.69 miles overall, but steep, taking you up Hoad Hill before returning to Ford Park descending via a different route. At the top of Hoad Hill you will find the Sir John Barrow Monument, which has just recently opened for the year, (you can view our news article about it here), and will be open every Sunday from now until October. The monument gives you access to the best views of Ulverston. So if it’s open when you’re on your walk, it’s well worth going inside and climbing the narrow, steep steps to take in the awe inspiring vistas from the top.
View Adam’s Hoad from Ford Park Walk video here.
Ulverston Canal Walk
Fancy a less strenuous walk? Then try the Ulverston Canal Walk. This walk is longer, 2.61 miles overall, but is on flat ground following the canal towpath from Canal Foot to Canal Head and back again. Highlights include coastal wildlife, particularly birds on the shore, stunning views of Morecambe Bay and the new welcome sculpture signs at Canal Foot, created by award winning Ulverston designer Chris Brammall. Also look out for nesting swans on the canal, the perfect spring site! This walk is also wheelchair accessible.
View Adam’s Ulverston Canal Walk video here.
Gill Banks and the Flan Walk
Or follow Adam’s Gill Banks and the Flan Walk. This is an inland walk, taking you up and out of Ulverston along the start of the Cumbria Way, but offers views to match the previous walks. Only 1.9 miles overall, this walk starts at the Gill, then over farmland and up the hill for views of Morecambe Bay and the southern fells. Walk highlights includes wild garlic and bluebells growing in the woods along Gill Banks. Look out for cattle when walking on farmland. In this case the public foot path that Adam follows has a sign warning about a bull in the field.
View Adam’s Gill Banks and the Flan Walk video here.
Always wear suitable footwear when walking across woods and fields and keep dogs on leads when walking on farmland; there are likely to be sheep with lambs and cattle grazing in the fields at this time of year.
You can view all of Adam’s Choose Ulverston Video Walks here.