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  • Ruins of Kirklinton Hall
    Ruins of Kirklinton Hall
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  • Fresh farm food at Kirklinton
    Fresh farm food at Kirklinton
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  • River walk from the gardens.
    River walk from the gardens.
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    Take a hike - short walks around Ulverston

    by PippaFoxen Written Jun 10, 2006

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    There are several easy and beautiful circular walks around Ulverston. Visit Tourist Infomation on County Square, inside the Coronation Hall. Ask for the "Country Walks in South Lakeland". Ulverston is No. 4 in a 4 part series covering Grange, Kirby Lonsdale and Kendal.

    Each walk has its own glossy sheet with a map on one side and detailed instructions on the other. Ulverston Canal to Next Ness is a flat, easy 4.5 mile walk and has an optional detour over Hoad Hill. Rosside and Swarthmoor takes you out into the countryside and past Swarthmoor Hall, home of Quakerism. Newland Bottom and the Cumbria Way is a lovely walk through farm land, though I have sometimes turned back when faced with a field full of cows! The walk over Birkgrigg Common to Great Urswick is 6 miles and passes a stone circle. It's the longest walk, made even more pleasant by taking a break at one of the Urswick village pubs about half way.

    If you don't want to walk too far, but are fed up of the shops, take any of the little streets and ginnells off King Street and Market Street. The oldest part of Ulverston stretches out behind Market Street on the side with the Co-op and The Piel Castle pub.

    You can wander up and down the curious little alleys, seemingly lost, but never far from the centre. The size and layout of the streets will remind you that this is really a 16th Century market town, designed for horses and carts, not cars, and the some of the tiny cottages are postcard pretty.

    Tarnside, looking towards the town centre Church Walk, looking towards Hoad
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    Park up at the lay-bys

    by Durfun Updated Apr 16, 2006

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    Once you pass Pooley Bridge, keep alert & on the lookout for lay-bys where you can slip your car in to enjoy the views.

    There is a waterfall (Aira Force) on the right, further up. If you look in your Guidebook, you can track yourself, that way you can park up in the right lay-by.

    Though the Aira-Force site has a car park, it is usually jam-packed, & reversing/getting out can be a absolute nightmare.

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    Wastwater -- England's Deepest Lake

    by into-thin-air Written Dec 30, 2003

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    The deepest lake in England is Wastwater, set on the western side of the Lake District National Park and quite difficult to get to because of the distance from the M6 Motorway ( approximately 50 miles either coming from the north. south or east !! )
    Never-the-less for those who put in the effort to get there will be rewarded with some of the Best views in the entire Lake District and also will have the advantage of getting away from the more popular and therefor crowded tourist stops of Keswick and Windermere.

    Wastwater and Great Gable
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    England' s Smallest Church

    by into-thin-air Written Dec 30, 2003

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    The church at Wasdale Head, Saint Olafs is arguably the Smallest church in England ( depending on how you measure size !!, -- ( floor area, cubic volume or seating capacity ??? )
    Said to be built using timber from a Viking Long-Boat and set in the Beautiful location of Wasdale Head, under England's Highest Mountain and next to England's Deepest lake, Wastwater and don't forget the home of the World's Biggest Liar ( a competition held annually in a local pub !! )
    The inscription on the simple stained glass window inside the church reads " Lift up thine eyes "
    I couldn't put in Better !!!

    Saint Olafs, Wasdale Head
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