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Ulverston Canal all-ability route

Ulverston Canal is claimed to be the deepest, widest and straightest canal in the UK. This linear route follows the canal side path and provides enjoyable access for all.

Ulverston Canal all-ability route

4.5 km / 2.8 miles / 2 hours walk duration

The canal path provides plenty of opportunity to spot wildlife and glimpses of the area’s industrial heritage. Canal Foot is on the coast and offers panoramic views across the Leven Estuary and Cartmel Sands. Looking inland towards Ulverston there are views of the Barrow Monument on Hoad Hill and Coniston Fells in the far distance. Apart from two short stretches the route is level although slightly uneven in places.

Essential Information

How to get here

Car: 40 minutes drive from Junction 36 of the M6.

Bus: For timetable, Canal Foot is served by bus route 60 (limited service), it is not a low floor vehicle. From Kendal or Barrow on 530 or 532 service (Mon – Fri only).

Train: Regular, fast mainline connections from Manchester, London and Scotland to Lancaster Station. From Lancaster you pick up a scenic local train stopping at Ulverston en route to Barrow-in-Furness.

Find out more at National Rail Enquiries tel. 08457 484950 or at Trainline, tel. 0871 200 2233

Disabled parking

This is a linear route, so you can start at either end. If you start at Canal Foot, the route starts from the car park close to the Bay Horse Inn (see map)
Grid reference: SD 313 777
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Accessible toilet

Accessible public toilets at The Bay Horse Restaurant and Booths Supermarket.


Nearest refreshment stops at The Bay Horse and Restaurant or Booths Supermarket. There are a variety of cafes, hotels, pubs and restaurants in the centre of town.

Make a day of it

There’s a range of things to do in this area including a visit to the world's only Laurel and Hardy Museum, or the Buddhist Temple for World Peace at Conishead Priory which is set in 70 acres of woodland and gardens on the shores of the Bay. It's also stone's throw to the south tip of Lake Windermere for lake cruises or a visit to the Lakeland Motor Museum at Backbarrow.

For more information, visit Cumbria Tourism.