Low Furness Ride

Route Details

  • From - to: Ulverston - Barrow-in-Furness
  • Distance: 12.5 miles
  • Type: Minor roads, rolling contours, nothing too steep
  • Access: Ulverston and Barrow-in-Furness railway station

Route Description

This route forms part of the Walney to Wear route which has been categorised as a challenge route. However, this is the comparatively 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.

Download a ride description sheet.

Further information is also available on the Walney-to-Wear website.

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Starting in Ulverston and finishing in Barrow in Furness, this ride is a great way to discover this beauty of Cumbria's landscape. This section of the longer Walney to Wear route takes you through the rich pastureland of Low Furness.