Sir John Barrow monument, Ulverston

Sunday afforded us some fantastic sunny weather, and we jumped on the chance to climb up to the “lighthouse” monument in Ulverston.  Every time we drive past, my 4 year old asks if we can go up it, and today we finally said yes!

We parked for free in the car park at Ford Park (grid reference 292787 on OS map OL6), and the kids enjoyed the natural playground whilst we were getting the bags, coats, gloves, snacks, water, spare clothes, kitchen sink etc. ready.

The path was really easy to find and follow, and we headed straight to the top, led proudly by our 4 year old!  Sadly, when we reached the Sir John Barrow monument, it was closed, but that didn’t stop the kids enjoyment, and they had great fun running round and round on its little ledge.

The path to the top is navigable by an all terrain pushchair. It’s a bit bumpy in places with the odd step, but absolutely achievable.  The rest of the route isn’t suitable for a pushchair. 

Views from the top were great, out into Morecambe Bay and back towards the Lake District fells.

After our obligatory “we’ve reached the top” treat (this time it was a small pack of Smarties), we headed down to Ulverston town, completing a circular route back to Ford Park.  Total distance was less than 2 miles and that included a little walk round the town too.

Before we headed home, we had lunch at The Mill in Ulverston.  This was such a fantastic pub.  Looked beautiful from the outside and was an interesting rabbit warren of bars, snugs, patios and restaurants inside.  There was an outdoor terrace upstairs, with the water for the original mill running past.  The staff were friendly, the food delicious and the whole place welcoming and family friendly.

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