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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.