Ulverston Lighthouse Hoad Monument Walk
This circular walk from Ulverston takes you up to the Hoad Monument on Hoad Hill. It's a fairly short but quite steep climb with benches to rest on along the way if you need to.
You can start the walk in the town centre and then follow footpaths north east past Town Bank and then up to the hill top which stands at a height of 436 feet/133 metres. Here you will find the distinctive 100 feet (30.5 metre) high tower at the top of Hoad Hill. The tower was built in 1850 to commemorate the life and work of Sir John Barrow who was born in Ulverston in 1764. He is notable as a founding member of the Royal Geographical Society, and held various government posts in the 19th century becoming the Second Secretary to the Admiralty. The monument is often referred to as the Ulverston Lighthouse though it has never functioned as one. It is something of a local landmark and a Grade II listed building. You can climb the tower's 112 steps and enjoy wonderful views of the Furness Peninsula, Morecambe Bay and the southern Lake District.
After taking in the views the route descends to the north west, passing the woodland of the Out Rake Plantation. You then head south west past Flan Hill to meet up with the Cumbria Way. You can then follow the waymarked footpath south through Gill Banks Woods and Lawyers Woods. Shortly after you return to the town centre where the route finishes.
PostcodeLA12 7LD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Ulverston Lighthouse Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Ulverston Lighthouse Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Ulverston Lighthouse OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Ulverston Lighthouse Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Back in the town The Stan Laurel Inn is always a good choice for some refreshments. The pub is named after comedian Stan Laurel who came from the town. The friendly inn serves good home cooked food at reasonable prices. There's also a garden area for the summer. You can find them at 31 The Ellers with a postcode of LA12 0AB.
At the end of the Ulverston Canal at the foot of the hill there's The Bay Horse Hotel & Restaurant. The former coaching inn dates back to the 17th century. You can find them at the seaward end of the canal at postcode LA12 9EL.
The hill makes for a fine walk for a fit dog. The Bay Horse and the Stan Laurel Inn mentioned above are also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
At the bottom of the hill you'll pass close to the Ulverston Canal basin. You can pick up a waterside footpath heading south east towards the coast where you can join with the epic Cumbria Coastal Way.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Lake District Walks and the Cumbria Walks pages.