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“Easy stroll with great views” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Hoad Monument

The Hoad Monument
Ranked #4 of 17 things to do in Ulverston
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The prominent memorial on Hoad Hill was built in 1850 in honour of Sir John Barrow, a naval explorer and Second Secretary to the Admiralty, who was born in Ulverston. It is a replica of an early version of the Eddystone Lighthouse. On the 15th of May 1850, the foundation stones of the lighthouse monument were laid by the two sons of Sir John Barrow. There were huge celebrations in the town, with a procession, a religious service, and much rejoicing. The monument was finished by the end of 1850, and was promptly struck by lightning, causing nine stones to be dislodged from the cupola. It was fixed up, and a lightning conductor fitted. The total cost to build the monument was £1,250, and a further £136 to repair the lightning damage. Most of this was paid for by public subscription, and £100 was provided by Trinity House on condition that the monument had the capability to be used as a real lighthouse if deemed necessary at some future time. Since then, the monument has survived the elements, with the help of several restorations, the most recent of which was completed in 2010 at the cost of £1.2 million. Nowadays, it is maintained by a team of volunteer lighthouse keepers. It is open to the public on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 1pm to 5pm, from Easter to the end of October, when the flag on the hill is flying. The monument can be hired for weddings and other celebrations.
London, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Easy stroll with great views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2014

Lovely (signposted so you know what you're looking at) views all the way from blackpool tower to Scafell Pike. easy ascent with multiple options and the odd sheep to say hello to.

Visited August 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Breathtaking....in more ways than one!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

The walk up to the monument was a bit of a killer for me as I am very unfit and have a bad back but once up there it was worth every grunt, groan and rub of my back! The view from the top really is truly breathtaking and we were very lucky to go up on such a clear day. Luckily there is a little shop when you reach the lighthouse as we had forgotten to take drinks with us. It's free to climb the lighthouse but do be prepared to wait in high season as they only allow 6 people up at one time and there was quite a queue in front of us and it was very warm inside so we decided to go back another time to climb to the top, also the stairs are very narrow and you have to leave your backpacks at the bottom of the steps. We will definitely go back when it is less busy as it's just one of those things you gotta do! Highly recommended especially if you want to tire the kids out!

Visited July 2014
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Ulverston, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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“Great views over Ulverston and Morecambe Bay.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

Lovely views. Interesting history. Open when the flag is flying, but still a lovely walk. The tower has a spiral staircase to the top. Since it was refurbished, this is much less scary, but still an interesting climb.

Visited May 2014
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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“A short climb that is worth the effort”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

The best value for effort view in the Lakes. Ten minutes of climbing up a safe path gives you views of sea and fells for miles around - and the tower is a fascinating monument.

Visited June 2014
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Victoria, Canada
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70 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fantastic view of Ulverston and the surrounding countryside”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2014

When was the last time you shared a path with sheep and cattle? Several paths take you up to the Hoad, a terrific 360 degree view of Ulverston and the rolling countryside. Take the long way home through sheep and cattle gates and enjoy a wonderful morning or afternoon stroll through the countryside.

Visited April 2014
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