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Review of The Hoad Monument

The Hoad Monument
Ranked #3 of 27 things to do in Ulverston
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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.
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Hard work to get up there from the front pathway. Easier around the back. Once there great views across the bay

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Reviewed 26 March 2018

There are a few different ways to get up to the monument - known as the Pepper Pot, the Hoad Monument or Sir John Barrow Monument - but the easiest is from the back. It is a gradual climb that reveals excellent views of the Southern Fells and then Morecambe Bay as you get to the top. The monument is only open from Easter onwards if the flags are flying but it is worth the climb even if closed.

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Reviewed 17 February 2018

A variety of routes up this hill make it interesting, some are steep and some meander along a fairly good path to the top. Good views of Morecambe Bay and the surrounding hills.
The Hoad Monument (locally known as the Pepperpot) is open on Sundays when the flag is flying - the 112 stairs up to the top will give you a bit of extra exercise but the view is just as good from outside from one of the handy benches.

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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

A must see for a great view of the town, sea and canal. It's well worth the climb to the top. When the flag is flying you can climb to the top of the monument.

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Reviewed 18 January 2018

This is a great climb and the view are excellent, a little tricky in places on the path as it had snowed and frozen but worth the effort. There are some nice interpretation boards regarding the views of the distant (snow covered) mountains and a decent circular walk. There is a café at the base in Hoad Park which I have used in the past.

Thank Cherry H
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