We embarked on a road trip to Northern England over the August Bank Holiday weekend. For the first part of the trip, we based ourselves just outside the South Lakeland town of Ulverston.
Hoad Monument or to give it its proper name, the Sir John Barrow Monument, is the visible symbol of Ulverston. The local population calls it Hoad Monument because it stands on the top of Hoad Hill. It was built in 1850 by public subscription and is made from locally hewn limestone. Although it has the look of a lighthouse and is sited just a mile from Morecambe Bay, the lantern chamber has never had a functional light. After an extensive 18-months-long restoration project in 2009-2010, visitors can now see inside the tower while learning more about it, and of the life and adventures of Sir John Barrow. The monument is open to visitors whenever the flag is flying on Hoad Hill.
No visit to Ulverston is complete without climbing Hoad at least once. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have been on the top of Hoad and when I was a child, there weren’t the laid foothpaths there are today. Back then, there were two unofficial routes, steep and slightly less steep.