Low Wood to Ulverston
to Low Wood to pick up the Cumbria Coastal Path and
to our delight we were able to park right at the start
of the route, by the Rver Leven. The first mile
was a very pleasant stroll through mostly open fields,
close to the meandering river.
River Leven meander
back, there was a good view of the hills we climbed
in the distance, the Coniston Fells could be clearly
weather didn't quite know what to do. There was
a dappled sky with the sun trying to break through but
a cold breeze. After a short woodland section we were
puzzled to discover that the cloud had simply vanished
and it was such a nice day that a three stepped stile
was too good an opportunity not to use as two seats
and a table in between for lunch.
afterward the Coastal Path crosses the river as it becomes
this point the Path continues for a mile and half along
the exceedingly busy A 590. Just why the perpetrators
decided on such an awful route escapes me but we are
not slaves to the unreasonable whims of others and decided
to create our own itinerary. We passed under the
dual carriageway, into Greenodd and up to Penny Bridge,
only to discover that this was the way those who designed
the cycle route had chosen. Seemingly they had
rather more respect for the enjoyment and safety of
those who follow their plans!
put on a fine display of washing for Margaret, whilst
the Penny Bridge School fooled me with a sign that,
from a distance, I thought had been vandalised- but
fine display of washing
cut through the grounds of the St
of at which point the clouds miraculously reappeared.
view from the church door
route continued along the back lanes past the intriguingly
named Toppin Rays, a Noah's Ark somehow washed up in
a field, a hedgelayer hard at work, the lovely cottages
at Bowstead Gate, the misnamed Alps Farm and down to
is a pretty cluster of mill buildings and cottages where
we got talking to a lady who told us that she had lived
there for 59 years and her late husband had been the
last miller. She astonished us when she said she was
84, she looked 20 years younger. Obviously a person
who takes great pride in her garden, we promised that
we would return next year when the flowers are in bloom.
here, we climbed up the hill, watched closely by a bull
that was stamping his feet at us. At the top there
was a wide view of the estuary and there would have
been a good view of the Sir
John Barrow Monument-
a non working replica of the Eddystone lighthouse, except
that it was underwraps, being restored with lottery
money, I later discovered..
panorama including the Sir John Barrow Monument
simply cannot understand why this obvious viewpoint
is not part of the official route.
panorama from the Sir John Barrow Monument
is only a short drop into Ulverston from the Monument,
past the seats given to the town by Glaxo to celebrate
its 30 years there and along by The Walker's Hotel with
its mural of a pair of boots.
Monument and the Glaxo seats
we had plenty of time before the bus to take us back
to Haverthwaite, we walked into town for a bit of a
look round. I have always thought of Ulverston
as a rather depressed little town but I have to admit
that there are some lovely looking shops, a fine Laurel
& Hardy statue and, I must say, the people seemed
we fell out with the World Peace Café- they closed
on us just as we arrived. That's not a very effective
way to cement Word Peace. No such problem at Café
bus back to Haverthwaite was late arriving and it was
night by the time we alighted. Crossing the dual carriageway
was a challenge that reminded us how right we had been
to devise our own route earlier in the day. We
then had a dark but not too scary three quarters of
a mile back to the car along the back roads to Low Wood.
was a satisfying section. Several of our recent
sections have been circular walks so had not taken us
as far along the CCP as we would have liked. Today,
we had mostly been making positive progress and, in
our opinion, a superior form of progress to the official
11th November 2009
No solarizations in the report today but if you want
to see some, scroll down beyond the map.
8.6 miles covered brings our CCP total to 55.1 miles.
was also 990 feet of climbing.
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