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On the trail of Laurel and Hardy in Ulverston…

Nestled in the heart of the Furness peninsula in Cumbria, Ulverston is a labyrinth of cobbled streets, old buildings and cosy pubs. It’s also the start of the Cumbria Way, a 70-mile walk through the Lake District to Carlisle.

Stan Laurel was born in the town, where you’ll find the world’s only Laurel and Hardy Museum. Inspect photos, letters and other memorabilia that belonged to the legendary comedy duo. There’s also a Laurel and Hardy statue in County Square, outside the Coronation Hall theatre.

Take a walk on the wild side at South Lakes Safari Zoo

Home to more than 1,000 rare and endangered animals, this zoo in Dalton-in-Furness, now under new ownership, offers a memorable family day out. The big cats are the star attractions, but there’s so much more to see and do.

Say ‘g’day mate’ as you wander among kangaroos, wallabies and emus, in between watching free-flying vultures and macaws soar overhead. You can also hand-feed giraffes and get the lowdown on the zoo’s resident penguins.

Walk the idyllic Cumbria Way

The Cumbria Way is one of the UK’s most popular long-distance footpaths. The stretch between Ulverston and Coniston takes you on a pleasant journey through farmers’ fields and country lanes before you reach the Lakes at Beacon Tarn. The final part of the walk runs alongside a lakeside path beside the stunning Coniston Water.

Looking for a cheap hotel Near Ulverston? Travelodge Barrow-in-Furness Hotel is a 15-minute drive away. If you fancy a seaside base, try Travelodge Morecambe Hotel.