Wednesday, 9 November 2011


Ulverston → Cark

ulverson-canal.png Distance: 10.8 miles
Ascent: 52 metres
Duration: 3 hours 18 minutes

Speed walking
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Of all the walks I've done on the coast, this is the one I recommend the least. Only two small stretches were on paths: about half a mile at the start, and another half mile one third of the way in. The rest were on roads, chiefly the A590 trunk dual carriageway, and the somewhat quieter B5278.

The traffic, the cold weather and the knowledge that rain was forecast for the afternoon combined to make this one of our fastest walks ever, averaging 3.25mph for the entire distance.

The starting point at the foot of the Ulverston Canal was by far the most scenic location of the day, with the rotting lock gates adding to its charm.

chapel-island-calm.pngA little way out in the Leven Estuary, Chapel Island earned its tranquil name, and I couldn't help wishing - once again - for low tide and a guide across the ancient short cut to spare us from the roads. We could have been in Cark in a third of the time!

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