Ulverston Canal

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 walkers, wheelchair users and those with pushchairs and young children. Apart from two short gradients of 3º the route is level, but there are slight crossfalls in places.

The start point at Canal Foot is on the coast and offers panoramic views across the Leven Estuary and Cartmel Sands to Morecambe Bay. Inland views stretch over industrial heritage and agricultural land to the Barrow Monument on Hoad Hill and the Coniston Fells in the far distance.  

Route Description

General information in relation to this route is outlined below and within the downloadable description. This will help users make an informed choice as to whether they feel it is within their physical capabilities (please click on the link below to view a download description and map of the route).

Distance: 4.5km return (2.5 miles)

Time to walk: 2 hours (approx)

Terrain: Tarmac surface throughout

Start Point: Car park near the Bay Horse Inn, Canal Foot.  (OS Grid Ref: SD 313 777, Post code:  LA12 9EL )

Public Transport: Canal Foot is served by bus route 60 (limited service). It is not a low floor vehicle. 

Ordnance Survey Map: Outdoor Leisure 7

Refreshments: The Bay Horse and Restaurant, Tel: 01229 583972 or Booths Supermarket, Tel: 01229 588003

Public Conveniences: As above at The Bay Horse Restaurant and Booths Supermarket

Tourist Information: Ulverston Tourist Information Centre, Tel/Fax: 01229 588994, Email: corohall@southlakeland.gov.uk  

Ulverston Canal Route Leaflet (PDF 592kb)