Britain is famous for its microclimates. A 35-minute bus ride brought me from the drizzling fog of Coniston and into the sunshine of Ulverston, a distance of only about 15 miles. I checked into my B&B and retrieved the package I had mailed to myself at the B&B 10 days ago – 8½ pounds that I didn’t carry on my back for the past 10 days.
Ulverston is a market town whose apparent main claim to fame is as the birthplace of Stan Laurel. There is a Laurel and Hardy Museum that runs their films continuously. A local flower shop is named Floral and Hardy.
|Laurel and Hardy statue in front of Town Hall|
For me, arrival at Ulverston marks the end of the fourth leg of this summer’s walk. Tomorrow I head to Isle of Man, a self-governing British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea. I'm not exactly sure what that means, but it may have something to do with having its own microclimate.