Situated around eight miles from Barrow is the beautiful market town of Ulverston. This is a must place to visit if you are in the area on holiday. The town is known as a festival town due to the number of events it hosts during the year. Check this link for a list of festivals.. The town recently unveiled a statue of Laurel and Hardy as a tribute to Stan Laurel who was born in the town. Overlooking the town is the famous Hoad monument and close by is ulverston canal. No longer used for boats it is a beautiful place for a stroll on a nice day. The pubs of the town have managed to keep their character and a good pint of ale can be found.

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Ulverston Canal

Ulverston canal is a great place to have a stroll on a nice day. Many years ago Furness and Ulverston was a hard place to get to and from. With the hills of the lakes at the back and a dangerous Morecambe bay at the front access to and from the area was difficult. In 1793 permission to build a two mile canal linking Ulverston from Hammerside Hill to the sea was given. John Renne was the engineer and the canal was completed in 1796, at around 15 feet deep and 66 feet wide it is reputed to be the straightest, widest and deepest canal in the UK.

The canal was designed to take large ships and in 1835 a ferry service linking Ulverston with Liverpool ran. The canal also allowed many industries to thrive in the area by allowing them to ship there merchandise to far away places.

The canal prospered until the Furness Railway was built and the canal suffered with people using the railway as the main means of transporting goods. The canal was officially abandoned at the end of the Second World War and is now maintained by Ulverston council.

It is now popular with fisherman and walkers alike. A stroll down the canal is a pleasant way to spend a few hours and there is even a pub at the end to get a meal or drink if you wish.

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