Dalton in Furness Things to Do

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    SOUTH LAKES WILD ANIMAL PARK

    by nickandchris Updated Jan 3, 2011

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    Look no further for a great day out.
    A zoo actually built to put animals first where you can walk amongst exotic birds and animals, hand feed nine species of lemur and see over 80 lemurs roaming freely around.
    Conservation talks daily.
    Animal Feeding-----------watch the tigers leap up huge poles to "catch" their prey. An amazing sight.
    Cafe
    Gift shop Outdoor and indoor picnic areas
    Safari train ride
    Adventure playground.

    The animal park has just grown and grown and is one of Cumbria's best major attractions.Not to be missed!!!


    ADMISSION PRICES:
    Adults £7.00
    Children : £4.00
    OAP's: £4.00
    Under 3's: Free
    Friend's of Park: £1.00

    Prices change in April 2007 to £10.50 and £7.50.

    For much more info look at www.wildanimalpark.co.uk

    ADMISSION IS FREE THROUGHOUT THE WINTER OF 2010 UP UNTIL FEBRUARY 2011.

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    South Lakes Wild Animal Park

    by mickeyboy07 Updated Sep 26, 2009
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    This Zoo/Safari Park is situated just half a mile from Dalton in Furness.Opened in 1973 by Owner 'David Gill'the park is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary.All Animals are in there natural habitat which accounts for several species mixed together liked the Giraffes and White Rhinos that would share the African plains.
    The Park contains some 80 plus species including Mammals,Birds and Reptiles and is a major contributor to the World Wildlife trust and Sumatran Tiger trust funds.
    What is unique at the park and sets it aside from many other zoo's is the ability to get up real close to some of the species as the public are allowed to walk through many enclosures via security gates to get real close to many animals such as Wallabies,Lemurs and Emu's.There is also an elevated walking platform which takes you through the park to enable people to look into the enclosures for a birds eye view as well as the standard path way round.
    A restaurant,play area for children and gift shop are amoung some of the excellent facilities available and there is a very large car park at the entrance.A great day out for both children and adults.

    opening times:10am till 5pm summer,10am till 4.30pm winter.

    Prices:£11.50 for Adults,£8 for Children,£8 for OAP's.

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    Swimming in the Sea

    by nickandchris Updated Sep 26, 2006

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    Just a few miles from Dalton is Walney Island, accessed by a road bridge from Barrow-in-Furness. Walney is very flat and has two nature reserves and long, sandy beaches, complete with sand dunes.
    After a spell of hot, dry weather the extensive sands warm up considerably, making the shallow sea amazingly tepid to swim in.
    Nick and I snatched a lunchtime swim in July, before the schools broke up. We were fully prepared to find the water freezing but it was like a warm bath. Warmer than any Mediterranean sea I have swum in in May. What a pleasant suprise!

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    Guardian of Furness

    by nickandchris Updated Oct 18, 2005

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    Dalton castle was built to defend the people of Dalton and the approaches to Furness Abbey sometime in the early 14th century. It later became a courthouse and prison.
    It is now the property of the National Trust and is open to the public, free of charge from Easter to September between 2pm and 5pm.
    Dalton's castle stands above the town and is a prominent feature .

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    Hoad Hill Views

    by nickandchris Written Aug 18, 2005

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    Even if the monument is closed, it's worth the climb up the hill for the extensive views over the town of Ulverston and across the estuary. I even managed to photo a train crossing the viaduct enroute to Ulverston.
    It was blowing a gale on top of the hill but we managed to shelter on the steps leading into the Hoad, for our coffee.

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    Hoad Monument

    by nickandchris Updated Aug 18, 2005

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    From Ulverston, 5 miles east of Dalton, there is a steep walk up a hill to visit the Hoad Monument. It takes about 40 mins to walk, whichever path you take. The back way is less steep but slightly longer.
    The monument was built in 1850 in honour of Sir John Barrow, a local intrepid explorer. it is a replica of Eddystone Lighthouse and stands 100 ft high on top of the 430 ft. high Hoad Hill.
    It was built from local limestone, quarried on Birkrigg Common. It is known locally as the pepperpot.
    In summer, if the flag is flying, you can climb the spiral staircase inside and feel on top of the world. We visited this July and it was closed for refurbishment, or something. Still, it's worth the climb for the views across the estuary and town.
    When I was small, every time we came into Ulverston by car, we made a game of watching the pepperpot disappear behind the hill.

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    Beach Walking

    by nickandchris Written Aug 18, 2005

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    From Askam, a mere 3 miles from Dalton, you can walk along the estuary sands to the nature reserve at Roan Head. The sands are littered with many different types of shell and the views across the estuary to Black Combe are beautiful, especially on a nice day.
    There are a few fishing boats moored in the channels near Askam pier awaiting the tide. Askam is also the home to the Duddon Inshore Rescue boat, a much needed service as people are often stranded on the sands, not realising how quickly the tide comes in.

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    The Dock Museum

    by nickandchris Written Feb 21, 2005

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    Barrow's premier museum
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    This museum is in Barrow, 4 miles from Dalton. It is built over an original Victorian dry dock.
    There are exhibits of real model ships, built in the shipyard.
    Computer interactives based on ships, excellent fun for the children.
    There is a display of Barrow during the second world war, telling of the suffering during the blitz.
    Shipbuilders to the World exhibition and film show.
    Wonderful adventure playground. Cafe.
    Free admission and free car parking.
    Channelside walk, looking over Walney channel.
    Open all year.

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    Furness Abbey

    by nickandchris Written Dec 10, 2004

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    One of the richest Cistercian monasteries in England. Set in the peaceful Valley of the Deadly Nightshade, between Dalton and Barrow.
    It was home to a flourishing and wealthy order 700 years ago.
    Explore the remains leisurely or take a free audio tour.
    Open: ---April to Sept. 10am. to 6pm. daily.
    October 10am. to 5pm. daily.
    Nov. to March 10am. to 4pm.(Weds--Sun)

    Admission:---Adult £3.00 Concession £2.30.
    Children £1.50
    Under 5's and English Heritage members free.

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    Excellent Zoo!

    by Roeffie Updated Aug 18, 2003

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    A walk through the park!

    South Lakes Wild Animal Park

    Opening Times

    Summer, daily between 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
    Last Admission 4.15pm

    Winter, daily between 10.00 am - 4.30 pm
    Last Admission 3.45 pm

    Open Every Day (Except Christmas Day)

    Entrance fee
    Summer
    Adults £7.50
    Children £5.00
    OAPs £5.00

    Winter
    Adults £5.50
    Children £3.50
    OAPs £4.00

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