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Ulverston and The Lake District Peninsulas

Ulverston, South Lakeland's friendliest historic market town and the enchanting surrounding area boasts an array of claims to fame - the birthplace of Stan Laurel and Pole Vaulting, the cradle of Quakerism, Britain's widest, deepest and shortest canal and Hartley's beer.

Eccentric perhaps, but certainly entertaining, this area has a fascinating range of attractions and a warm welcome for all.

The Hoad Monument
The Hoad Monument, resembling a lighthouse, is one of the most prominent landmarks in Southern Lakeland and marks the gateway to Ulverston. A memorial to one of the town's famous sons, Sir John Barrow, an intrepid explorer and founder of the Royal Geographic Society, the Hoad provides breathtaking panoramic views of Morecambe Bay and the Lake District fells, which can also be seen from nearby Birkrigg Common with its prehistoric Stone Circle.

Street market
In 1280, Ulverston was granted its market charter by Edward I, which still operates today with markets every Thursday and Saturday. The colourful street market is popular with visitors and locals alike and an active World Champion Town Crier makes regular appearances.

The old style speciality shops are the real stars of Ulverston with courteous service and chairs for the customers. There is also a fine theatre, a thriving artistic community and an abundance of events, which are held throughout the year, including the spectacular Lantern Procession in September, created by Welfare State International, the "Engineers of the Imagination", who are based in the town. Alternatively you may just want to sit back and enjoy the beer that made Ulverston famous, at one of the many Hartley's pubs in the area. The nearby Gill also marks the start of the Cumbria Way, a 70 mile walk through The Lake District to Carlisle.

Laurel and Hardy
Ulverston's special selection of attractions include the world's only Laurel and Hardy Museum, which contains a wealth of memorabilia and a small 1920s style cinema showing classic Laurel and Hardy films.

Heron Glass, where you can watch the transformation of molten glass into spectacular works of art. The workshop based opposit Booths suppermarket gives guided tours. Also based in the same building is Cumbria Crystal where you can watch the intricate hand crafted process of crystal making and engraving.

Victoria Cross
Ulverston boasts three winners of the Victoria Cross whose acts of bravery are documented in the Heritage Centre, where knowledgeable and friendly staff also provide a unique insight into the town's special history.

Conishead Priory
On the outskirts of Ulverston is Conishead Priory, a splendid Victorian Gothic Mansion, now a Buddhist Centre, which provides historical tours on summer weekends and have opened a new temple with a number of large bronze Buddhas. Conishead Priory is located on the Coast Road from Ulverston, from where you can discover enchanting villages such as Bardsea and Great Urswick, famous for its Rushbearing ceremony and Aldingham. This is a paradise for bird watchers and fishermen alike, where on occasion otters, osprey, bats and other rare wildlife have been seen. Nearby is Gleaston Water Mill, an impressive Water Corn Mill which has been lovingly restored by its owners. Guided tours and demonstrations are available together with a resident leather worker, artefacts from recent archaeological digs and delicious food at Dusty Miller's Restaurant.

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