Ulverston

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Essentially a market town, Ulverston is located in the South Lakeland district of Cumbria, North West England. It has been a part of Lancashire through the ages and the town is set in the Furness Peninsula, close to the Lake District and north of Morecambe Bay.

Ulverston is connected to the rest of the world by the Ulverston Railway line which is located on the Furness Line from Barrow-in-Furness to Lancaster. This line ultimately leads to the Manchester Airport. The railway station is just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of the town.

The Hoad Monument which was built in 1850 is a concrete structure and is one of the most distinguishing features of Ulverston. It was built to commemorate statesman and local resident Sir John Barrow. The monument provides amazing views of the scenic areas that surround Ulverston – Morcambe Bay and the Lake District.

The deepest, widest and shortest canal in the United Kingdom measuring 1¼ miles is the Ulverston Canal. It is no longer in use but at one point in time it served as a vital component of the town’s economy.

The Market Street is the main street in Ulverston. The cobbled ways of this street house a number of shops and pubs. At the head of the Market Street is a World War Memorial which is dedicated to the local soldiers who laid their lives down during the World War I.

Festival town:

Ulverston rightly prides itself in being called the ‘Festival Town’. This is because of the many different and varied festivals that take place in Ulverston throughout the year. The most famous of these festivals is the Lantern Procession which involves hundreds of locals carrying lanterns that are made of willow and tissue paper and carry them in a parade throughout the town. It is such a wonderful display of winding light. This event ends with a display of theatrical performances and fireworks in Ford Park. This Lantern Procession was completely organized by the community in an indigenous way and it took place for the first time in 2007.

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