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Route 2 – Ulverston Canal

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Overview

Ulverston Canal is claimed to be the deepest, widest and straightest canal in the UK. This linear route follows the canal side path, and provides enjoyable access for all.

The canal path provides plenty of opportunity to spot wildlife and glimpses of the area’s industrial heritage. Canal Foot is on the coast and offers panoramic views across the Leven Estuary and Cartmel Sands. Looking inland towards Ulverston there are views of the Barrow Monument on Hoad Hill and Coniston Fells in the far distance.  There are plans to develop more  accessible circular routes in this area in the future.

Apart from two short stretches the route is level, but there are slight crossfalls in places.

Practical Information

Basic Route Information

Get to the route by car: 40 minutes drive from Junction 36 off the M6.

Get to the route by bus: From Kendal or Barrow on X6 service (Mon – Sun) to Ulverston. For timetable www.cumbria.gov.uk/buses

Get to the route by train: Regular, fast mainline connections from Manchester, London and Scotland to Lancaster Station. From Lancaster you pick up a scenic local train stopping en route around Morecambe Bay to Barrow-in-Furness, and takes you over the Kent and Leven Estuaries. National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950 Trainline www.trainline.com Traveline 0871 200 2233

Length of route: 4.5 km / 2.8 miles – 2 hours

Amenities: Accessible public toilets at The Bay Horse Restaurant and Booths Supermarket. Refreshments at The Bay Horse and Restaurant or Booths Supermarket. Public transport – Canal Foot is served by bus route 60 (limited service), it is not a low floor vehicle.

Route type: Out and back

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