Day 085 : Cark – Ulverston

From Station to Station today as I use the train to get to my start point today. This is very convenient as I’m still staying at the Youth Hostel in Arnside.


Besides the railway station, Cark in Cartmel is a pretty village with a couple of pubs and a shop. Nearby, during the war there was an RAF airfield at Flookburgh.

I wanted to walk through the Holker Estate to Old Park Wood and up along the estuary but the signage made it clear that walkers were not welcome. I ended up retracing my steps and walking along the road to Haverthwaite.


Again, it started to rain so all the wet weather gear went on. I followed the cycle route 70/700 towards Greenodd where I crossed the river. At Green odd I followed my usual pattern : Find a café, shelter from the rain, order coffee and cake, wait for the rain to ease off.


Greenodd has become a bit of a cul-de-sac since a by-pass has been built around it. Before that it was a bit of a bootleneck with traffic going to the Western lakes and Ulverston.


As I approach Ulverston I notice what looks like a lighthouse on a hill, it is the Hoad monument which commemorates Sir John Barrow a founder member of the Royal Geographic Society.

Ulverston is also the birthplace of Stan Laurel, the Laurel and Hardy and the town has a museum in their name.

The town has a bit of a reputation as a festival town. Here are many including Flag festival, walking festival, dickensian festival, Buddhist festival and many others.

In Ulverston, I caught the back end of a festival that was going on. There was plenty of noise and music coming from the hostelries in the town.