Stage 3: Grange-over-Sands to Ulverston — Cumbria Coastal Way
Includes off-grid segments
Navigation instructions may be limited.
0.95 mi in total
Alex Foxfield planned a hike.
January 14, 2021
This stage is characterised by two beautiful estuaries, a grand stately home and many encounters with nature. One estuary makes way for another as you leave the Kent behind to meet the Leven. Holker Hall and its parkland are worth a visit before you loop around the head of the estuary, crossing at Greenodd, before heading south to Ulverston.
After leaving Grange-over-Sands, a short out-and-back to the trig pillar on the limestone promontory of Humphrey Head is definitely worth it for the splendid panorama in all directions. At 172 feet (52 m) it is the most diminutive patch of land that can be classed as a Wainwright fell, as the legendary fell walker included it amongst his Outlying Fells of Lakeland.
The route then heads north, past Holker Hall’s elegant grounds to Bigland Tarn and on to the head of the Leven Estuary. The surroundings here are a gorgeous rolling patchwork of fields and woodland. Cross the River Leven by the footbridge to the A590. If in need of supplies, Greenodd’s main street is nearby.
Paths now trace the A590 most of the way to Ulverston. At Plumpton Hall, follow Plumpton Lane south east, back to the estuary. The canal towpath from Canal Foot to Canal Head takes you to the centre of the town and its train station. Accommodation is plentiful in this attractive market town, with inns, guesthouses and a Premier Inn hotel.
January 28, 2021