A Canal Walk To The Sea.

So here’s a throwback post to August and our stay in Arnside on the Cumbrian Coast. A short train journey away is the characterful town of Ulverston, a place we have visited several times before. The towns cobbled streets and plethora of independent shops, cafes and pubs make it a great destination for generally mooching about. After a ‘ mooch about’ we would be heading along the World’s Shortest, Deepest and Widest Canal, for a walk to the Sea.

Laurel and Hardy and friends.
Movie Theatre inside the Museum.

The morning we visited Ulverston it was exhibiting typical Lake District weather! To escape the rain we spent a good hour or so in the towns Laurel and Hardy Museum. Stan Laurel was born in Ulverston in 1890 and must surely be  it’s most famous resident. The museum has a good selection of the comedy duos memorabilia,  as well as a small cinema that plays Laurel & Hardy features on a loop. Our dog Hugo was made welcome and humoured us as we chuckled our way around. 😊

After a lovely lunch at the nearby Stan Laurel Inn we were suitably refreshed for a canal side walk. Ulverston Canal is a former Ship Canal which linked Ulverston to Morecambe Bay, one and a half miles away.  Completed in 1796 ,the waterway claimed to be the shortest , deepest, widest …… and straightest Canal in the World. Once upon a time passenger ships to Scotland and London embarked from here as well as cargos of local slate. But when the Railway arrived in Ulverston in the 1840s, the record breaking Canals fortunes were on the wane.  By the end of the Second World War Ulverston Canal was no longer in use.

The Hoad Monument.

Today the waterway offers a serene amble from Canal Head in the town to Canal Foot with its splendid views over Morecambe Bay.  A footpath on the less industrial side of the canal is a popular stroll. There’s even a pub at the end. An incentive indeed!

Flowering Rushes.
A Map of Ulverston Canal.
Canal Side Retreat looking out over a  million lily pads.

We saw lots of wildlife as we walked along. Plenty of waterside wildflowers and much of the surface was covered in Lily pads. Mute Swans, Comerants, Moor hens and Mallards swam and dived amongst them.

Old Man’s Beard aka Travellers Joy.
Swanning off.

Half way along Ulverston Canal is a Rolling Bridge, the only one of its kind left in England. Forgotten about  for many years  , it was a history enthusiast who discovered the significance of the bridge and it was given Grade ll status in 2012.

Rolling Bridge.
More Lily Pads.
Juvenile Swans.
112 Foot Sea Lock, the only lock on the canal.

Before long we were at Hammerside Point , Canal Foot. Here the former Ship Canal meets the Leven Estuary. What a splendidly unexpected place…

Out to Sea.
Leven Estuary.

For some reason I forgot to take a photo of The Bay Horse Hotel  from the outside ,so below is a distant one I found online. The former Coaching Inn enjoys stunning views over the Bay. Once upon a time it was from here that brave travellers would make the perilous journey by stage coach, over the sands to Lancaster. The arrival of the Railway probably saved a lot of lives!

Bayhorse Hotel with conservatory.
A White Horse, not a Bay Horse, in the pub.

After a drink in the pub we retraced our steps back to Ulverston.  On the way an unassuming wooden shed near the Lock Keepers Cottage peeked my interest, especially when I saw its ‘ Welcome Humans ‘ sign?

Lock Keepers Cottage.
Welcome Humans.
Inside the Shed.

Whilst looking it up online later, I discovered that the Shed is part of an interactive Art Installation Project called the Last Human Coro Shed . Perhaps not what you would expect to see where a canal meets the sea…..

Goodbye Morecambe Bay.

Thanks for joining me. 😊


19 thoughts on “A Canal Walk To The Sea.”

  1. I’ve seen this canal on other blogs and it looks intriguing, I quite fancy a walk along it but on a much brighter day than this. The shed seems a bit out of place, pointless and totally unnecessary but the lock keeper’s cottage looks very pretty πŸ™‚

    1. I think the idea of the shed is to record your thoughts on being human. Just a bit of fun. We saw another shed in Ulverston, which literally had a bed of grass in it! The walk would have been nicer on a sunny day. But we still enjoyed it. I loved seeing all the swans, there were loads. πŸ™‚

  2. The canal side looks a great place to walk with lots of interesting things to see along the way. Good to have refreshment at either end of the walk too:)

    1. Absolutely! I wish I had took a better camera as there were lots of water birds and wading birds on the bay too. Lots to see. And the Inn was a plus! X

  3. Looks like a really interesting walk. We got married in the Lake District and spent lots of time in Ulverston ordering our flowers and wedding cake … it will always hold fond memories πŸ˜ƒ

    1. Thanks for the comment. I don’t know how I missed your post when you posted it! I will take a look in a bit. I left a garbled message, I didn’t really take it all in properly. Lol. πŸ™‚

  4. Perfect! Even on an overcast day, a mooch, a walk, a pub lunch; it would suit us perfectly just now! Covid, climate change, and Brexit especially here in NI, we’ve had just about had enough and need some relief.
    [Sorry! There’s that man again with the billboard stapped to him! What does it say? “The end is nigh!”] πŸ₯΄πŸ€£πŸ™‹β€β™‚️

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