Found to the very south of the Lake District National Park, Ulverston is a market town on the route towards Barrow-in-Furness (the northern end of the Furness Peninsula). The town lies on the border between the 'true' Lake District to the north, and the flatter countryside to the south.
A bustling local town, Ulverston has held its weekly markets since the 13th century - these markets are held on Saturday and Thursday. There are also various shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants in the town - especially along Market Street, and various interesting traditional buildings to be seen. The Ulverston town clock, dating from 1845, is among the most immediately recognisable.
Walking is a very popular activity, as with all of the Lake District and numerous local walks are available. Ulverston is also the southern starting point of the long distance path to Carlisle called the Cumbria Way.
Numerous local festivals are held in Ulverston, which has branded itself as 'festival town' - these cover numerous topics from Buddhist festivals and walking festivals, to a lantern procession and festivals concerned with various types of music etc. Be sure to check local tourist information when you visit for up to date festival dates and details.
Hoad Monument Ulverston
It would be impossible to visit Ulbverston and not notice Hoad Monument, on the hill above the town - the structure was constructed in 1850 for a local businessman. It is well worth taking the walk up to see the monument, above all for the far-reaching views from the monument, especially on a clear day.
Laurel and Hardy
Stan Laurel (of Laurel and Hardy fame) was born in Ulverston in 1890, and raised in the town until he was six years old. To commemorate this there is a Laurel and Hardy Museum in the town, featuring lots of photos, letters and other memorabilia.