This route forms part of the Walney to Wear route which has been categorised as a challenge route. However, this is the comparatively easy section before the climbing really starts, taking you through the rich pastureland of Low Furness, a relatively undiscovered corner of Cumbria.
The ride begins in Ulverston, giving you the advantage of a slight prevailing downhill trend. Once out of town you are on minor roads through farmland, passing the old iron ore mines towards Lindal-in-Furness. The route also passes the remains of 12th century Furness Abbey before entering the maritime town of Barrow-in-Furness. The Dock Museum, built on a Victorian graving dock and full of fascinating insights into the social and industrial history of the area, is well worth a visit.
You can follow the route a little further to its western extreme across the Walney Channel to Sandy Gap, but extreme care should be taken on the bridge.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.