Furness Places Of Worship
There is a rich religious heritage arond the bay including Furness Abbey, Cartmel Priory, Swarthmoor Hall ( home of the Quaker movement, Conishead priory ( now a Buddhist monastery) The Friends Meeting House in Lancaster, Lancaster's Priory and Cathedral and the historic churches of Heysham. The Buddhist visitors to Conishead Priory make a colourful addition to the regular users of Ulverston station.
Even older than the churches and priories are the stone circles dating back for thousands of years. One of Britain's finest stone circles is 5 miles/8km from Millom at Swinside. There is also Grey Croft stone circle near Sellafield, on the Cumbrian Coast line, and near Penrith is the large stone circle at Castlerigg. There are may more but walks to the higher land in order to see them are often needed.
The 12th Century Priory Church at Cartmel is one of the finest ecclesiastical buildings in the North of England. The old Norse origins of the name Cartmel are descriptive of the site as a "sandy bank by rocky ground". The surrounding rocky ridges certainly give shelter to the village and priory.
The rock cut graves, dating from Viking times, on the headland at Heysham are worth a visit along with the ruins of St Patrick's chapel and the "new" St, Peter's church which is over 1,000 years old. Here a Viking Hog's Back grave cover and mediaeval chalice can be seen. St. Peter's churchyard is a carpet of crocuses in the springtime.