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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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....more
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...more
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...more
An extremely popular venue for lunch time and evening meals. The Brown Cow has a sort of country feel about it as it has log fires and olde worlde (real) beams and is situated just on the outskirts of Dalton set back in a quiet area off the main road. A pleasant seating area outside and as well as eating in the pub, there is the restaurant...more
Another "olde worlde" pub that serves lunches and evening meals.We hadn't been out for a meal in the evening for a while and having looked at the Red Lion menu online, opted to pay it a visit.We were greeted and shown through to the seperate dining room, which surprisingly was empty for a Bank Holiday Friday. The rest of the pub seemed pretty...more
This restaurant is actually in Barrow, moored at Town Quay, near Morrisons supermarket. The Selandia was built in Helsingor, Denmark, and launched as a train ferry in 1952 for a Danish slate company. It was taken out of service in 1982. It became a floating restaurant in Copenhagen in 1988 and was then sold to U.K. in 2002 and renamed the Princess...more
I have chosen Italian as the theme for Hartley's as pasta and pizza feature quite heavily on the menu. There are also vegetarian dishes as well as four or five excellent meat choices.We chose this restaurant as our elder son was home for the weekend (a rare ocassion) and we wanted to eat out en famille. We rarely eat out these days so it was a...more
Noticing this pub in Dalton had started serving food, we decided to give it a try.Saturday, food is served from 12 noon til 9pm. We arrived around 1.30 pm and were the only people apart from a single bloke propping up the bar. After perusing the menu we opted for the all day breakfast and pie of the day. Our food arrived after about twenty...more
My sister and I decided to have lunch out, one day. We chose the cafe at Crooklands Garden Centre. This is a large, airy and light, modern cafe, lookinjg out to an outdoor seating area and the garden centre. The menu is quite extensive, ranging from breakfast foods, lunches and cream teas. We chose a panini each, mine with brie, bacon and onion jam...more
Dalton is accessable by rail on the Furness Branchline. This begins at Lancaster and terminates at Barrow-in-Furness with connections to other areas. Much of the route is scenic, with great views over Morecambe Bay's estuaries and crossing by viaduct, twice. Trains run roughly every hour in both directions except Sundays when the service is...more
The local bus company is Stagecoach in Cumbria which operates a service between Ulverston, Dalton and Barrow every 15 minutes. There are connecting services to many parts of the Lake District and a direct service to Kendal. A return ticket to Ulverston from Dalton costs £3.40 and to Barrow from Dalton £2.80.From Dalton to Kendal, every hour,...more
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Just along the road from Dalton is Barrow-in-Furness, the area's largest town where you will find a multitude of shops.Major High street names mingle with traditional shops. Portland Walk is the town's newest shopping arcade and a sore subject with most locals. Planners didn't feel the need to put a roof on what is probably the coldest and windiest...more
Colony Country Store is part of Colony Gift Corporation Ltd.,U.K's largest scented candle manufacturer.Specialises in scented candles and home fragrance products. Also interesting home accessories.There is a colourful traditional toy section and Santa's grotto is open all year!Visitors can have a go at dipping their own candles (small fee).Homemade...more
Every year, in May, Dalton holds a fayre of some sorts, be it Medieval, Viking or what. Someone comes up with the ideas nd practiclly the whole of Dalton comes out to support and enjoy the event.This year, we had just returned from our holiday and thought we'd better give our support. Actually, it turned out to be a great event with stalls of all...more
Every June, Dalton holds it's annual carnival. This consists of most of the town turning out to watch various dancing troups, musical bands, decorated floats and vehicles parade through Dalton. This takes about 11/2 hours. After the parade everyone adjourns to the carnival field to watch dancing and spend money at the various stalls.A fun day for...more
Dalton is about thirty miles from junction 35 on the M6. Then it's down the A6 and join the A590 at Levens Bridge. This road, for some reason, has a reputation more than others as a killer. There are always accidents, often resulting in fatalities. I think the problem is those who don't know the road tend to travel it too fast, unexpectedly after a...more
Watch your exhaust on the speed bumps in Dalton. Vicious!!!The local authorities decided on a brilliant way to calm traffic in Dalton when the byepass was built. They put whacking great speed bumps all the way through town. This merely encourages people to speed up in between the bumps and then slam on their brakes at the last moment.Anyone with a...more
This is a 20 acre island in the mouth of Barrow's deep water dock.The island belongs to the people of Barrow and is managed by the King of Piel, who is the landlord of the only pub, the Slip Inn. At present this is Rodd Scarr and he looks after the island.The 14th century castle was built to guard the passage to and from Furness Abbey's lands and...more
When visiting Dalton you are bound to see/hear macaws flying freely around the town. They belong to South Lakes Animal Park and are allowed to "roam" as they would in the wild. It is quite an exciting sight seeing these birds sitting on people's chimney pots and balancing in the town's trees!! You always know when they are around because of the...more
Probably not so "off the beaten track" for those of us who live in this area, but for visitors, it can easily be missed and is worthy of a mention.Birkrigg Comon is a large area of common land off the A5087, between Ulverston and Barrow, leading down to the coast.It's a popular place with locals for walking , especially with dogs, and also it's a...more
Dalton's Leisure Centre was funded by the public and is well attended.
There is a 20m. warm water leisure pool and a paddling pool.
2 glass-backed squash courts.
A sauna and a solarium.
Large lounge area
Cafe and bar open daily.
There is also a childrens' playground outside with picnic tables.
Equipment: Goggles, floats and arm-bands are allowed in the pool. Can also be bought here.
Snorkels, flippers and face-masks are NOT allowed in the water.
Most pubs in Dalton serve food and the prices are generally very competetive, especially when compared with other parts of Cumbria.
Fondest memory: The Brown Cow, pictured here is open all day for food and has an outdoor seating area. It has an" olde worlde" atmosphere and more of a country pub feel.