Starting on Saturday April 22nd until Monday May 1st it’s the annual Ulverston Walking Festival.
Each day there is a choice of 3 to 4 walks, a total of 32 over the festival week. Although the heading is the Ulverston Walking Festival, the walks take place in and around Ulverston but also as far as Seathwaite, Ulpha and Dunnerdale, Coniston and Tilverthwaite and the east in the Leven Valley.
The walks are all guided and have specific start points to meet up at, the website gives details of terrain, length and ability requirement. Each walk costs from Free to £3 and start either around 10am or after lunch at 2pm. What a fantastic time of the year to explore the south and western areas of the Lake District with the new shoots on the trees, lambs everywhere and bluebells to discover.
Many of the walks have themes such as the Historial Walk Coniston Copper Mines & Levers Water on Sunday 23rd April, Ulverston Ale Trail on Friday April 28th and Herb Walk starting from Bardsea Church on Monday May 1st.
The Newby Bridge Lake District Hotel is located on the main A590 road at the southern end of Lake Windermere at Newby Bridge and is just 8 miles by car or bus to Ulverston for events and walks starting from there but also very handy for the Coniston and Tilberthwaite walk start points. As well as the Leven Valley and Spark Bridge walks. Rooms during this week start from £76 per room B&B based on 2 sharing or choose dinner, bed and breakfast from just £118. The restaurant and bar serve locally sourced and hearty food, perfect for post walk refuelling.