Spring is in the air

It seems to have been a long and dark winter but the signs of spring are finally arriving – the snowdrops are in full bloom, the crocus and daffodils keen to burst into flower and the blackbirds and blue tits can be seen preparing to build their nests.

Bright colours are beginning to appear in the hedgerows, fields and gardens and new-born lambs can be seen gambolling in the fields. The days are becoming longer, but the cooler evenings mean cosy nights are still to be had in the Lakeland pubs.

portrait of cute little lamb grazing in green spring meadow

It’s a great time to visit the area’s stately homes and National Trust properties who are beginning to open their doors to the public after the winter closures. Holker Hall, Levens Hall and Sizergh Castle are all easily reached from Ulverson and each worth a visit.

Holker Hall, situated in Cark-in Cartmel, is the family home of the Cavendish Family. Visitors can spend the day exploring the spectacular woodland grounds, admiring the beautiful and immaculately kept gardens and visiting the magnificent rooms in this beautiful  home. The train journey from Ulverston to Cark, across the Leven Estuary viaduct and Morecambe Bay is a delight.

Holker hall in spring

Levens Hall is a wonderful privately-owned house whose gardens, including the world’s oldest topiary garden, have remained largely unchanged since the 17th Century. The magnificent hall is a historical gem and well worth a visit.

Sizergh Castle is a National Trust property whose gardens include a mirror lake, colourful borders, a kitchen garden and apple orchard. The house is a medieval manor filled with items collected by twenty-six generations of the Strickland family.

Ulverston’s many festivals begin in spring with The South Cumbria Music Festval on 20th March, followed by Walkfest from 22nd April – 1st May and the Manjushri Spring Festival from 26th – 31st May.

In Ulverston the Laurel and Hardy Museum has just reopened, after a spruce up over the last few months, and Swarthmoor Hall is due to re-open shortly after extensive renovations.

All in all, spring is a wonderful time to visit the area with the added bonus of fewer crowds than in the busy summer months!

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Purple Crocus in Spring