Cumbria Way – Day 1

Carlisle to Ulverston

After introducing ourselves to the landlady of the hotel Number Thirty-One where we were to stay on our last day, we left the car in a secure place and headed off to the railway station to catch the train from Carlisle to Lancaster then on to Ulverston.

We arrived early at Lancaster and spoke to a porter to see if we could catch the earlier train otherwise we would have to wait around (our tickets were pre- booked). Thanks to British Rail we were in Ulverston earlier than arranged.

We were walking towards our hotel Virginia House, which was only five minutes from the station, when suddenly, from out of the blue, a passerby asked me how I was enjoying the rucksack as he was carrying the same. After commenting on the air-flow system in the back he strode off into the distance and I turned to see Steve and Margaret following with big smiles on their faces.
At the hotel we off loaded our bags and upon asking the owner’s advice of where to eat, The Farmers was recommended. We took a stroll around the town, seeing the famous Laurel and Hardy museum and the Gill where we would start our walk the next day.

After an aperitif of Cumbria Way ale, which had room for improvement in our opinion, we headed for The Foresters, which Margaret confidently told us was where the hotel owner had suggested. We eventually found The Farmers

pub, NOT The Foresters, (Margaret was in charge of navigation which caused some concerns for Steve and myself ) and after dinner, served by a waiter from Bordeaux, it was back to the hotel for an early night as it had been a long day and we didn’t know what tomorrow would bring.

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