GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Birkrigg Common

3 miles (5.5 km)

Explore the network of footpaths on this open-area oflimestonecountryside near Ulverston on the beautiful Furness Peninsula. It's a great place for walking with interesting geological features and tremendous viewsfrom the high points.
This circular walk starts from the car park at Ulverston Sands just to the east of the common. From here you can pick up the footpaths heading up to Birkrigg. The common reaches a height of 136 metres (446ft), affording wonderful views over theLake District,Yorkshire Dales,Howgillsand acrossMorecambe BaytoBlackpool. There's lots of footpaths criss crossing the common so you can spend a couple of hours visiting the various ancient remains on the site. There's also some nice woodland trails in Sea Wood near the end of the route.
The area is also historically significant with Several bronze age tumuli and the The Druid's Circle. The circle lies on the south-east side of the site and consists of two rings of stones, dating from 1700 to 1400 BC.
The Cistercian Way long distance trail passes just to the west of the common. You can pick it up to extend your walk and visit the nearby Urswick Tarn. As an alternative route to the site you could pick up the trail from Ulverston and follow it to the common.
In Ulverston itself you can enjoy an easier waterside walk along the Ulverston Canal.
There's also the Cumbria Coastal Way which you can follow north to Greenodd sands or south to Roa Island. There's wonderful coastal views over Ulverston Sands to enjoy here.


LA12 9RD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Birkrigg Common OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Birkrigg Common Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Birkrigg Common - - 977

Stone Circle. In the background is Bardsea church

Bardsea From Birkrigg

View of Bardsea village from Birkrigg common including Chapel Island

Sunbrick Quakers burial ground grave area

Inside the Sunbrick burial ground for the Religious Society of Friends. It is situated on Birkrigg common, around 2 or 3 miles away fromSwarthmoor Hall. It was used between 1654 and 1767 to bury 227 Friends, and was the resting place of George Fox's wife, Margaret. A small plaque gives details of this. All graves are unmarked. Situated next to Sunbrick farm, sheep are free to graze in it.

Sunbrick burial ground arch

Sunbrick burial ground arch

Limestone outcrops, Birkrigg Common - - 2487247

Limestone outcrops, Birkrigg Common

Descending a grassy path through the ferns on Birkrigg Common - - 1924282

Descending a grassy path through the ferns on Birkrigg Common

Settlement, Birkrigg Common (geograph 5916708)

Settlement sculpture

Finger Post on Birkrigg Common - - 3182838

Finger Post


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Memory Map Route

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