Ulverston with Crosby Rambling Club

During the past fortnight I have visited Ulverston on two occasions that were totally different.

The first time was to do a reccee for the ‘A’ walk led by Bob. We picked the wrong day, the weather was terrible.

01 Towards Kirkby Moor

We started the walk from ‘The Gill’ where a sculpture announces the start of the Cumbria Way that we followed for a short way. Soon we were heading up to Kirkby Moor and conditions were deteriorating. Visibility was down to a few yards and although we were walking through a wind farm we could hardly see the turbines in the mist. We could hear them and they seemed very near.

02 Into the mist

In the poor conditions we missed a turning and contoured round the hill to reach a quarry and a couple of pools. Thankfully we came out of the cloud and could re-orientate ourselves.

We descended to the village of Gawthwaite and then followed a series of farm tracks to reach Broughton Beck and on to Newland Bottom. We now began to climb first up a wooded slope and then across field to head for the lighthouse shaped monument on Hoad Hill.

03 John Barrow's Monument

The monument was built in 1850 as a tribute to John Barrow who was born in Ulverston on June 19th 1764. He was a naval administrator and traveller and died in London in 1848. The monument which was designed by Andrew Trimen is based on Smeaton’s Eddystone Lighthouse.

The monument is 100 ft high and constructed from local limestone. It can be climbed by 112 interior stone steps which lead to the lantern chamber. There was a room in the basement which was home to the lighthouse keeper.

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I was back there yesterday when I did the ‘B’ walk. Conditions were much better although it was still overcast.

04 John Barrow's Monument

We could at least appreciate the view looking over Morecombe Bay and northwards towards the Lake District Fells.

Our route as far as Broughton beck was the reverse of the way that I had walked on the reccee a fortnight age. We then joined the Cumbria Way which we followed back to Ulverston.

05

We were back in Ulverston with plenty of time to explore. I found the statue od Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Stan of course was born in Ulverston.

06 Laurel and Hardy

Two very contrasting walks. On one we could not see anything and on the other there was hardly anything to see!

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About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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