The Old School, Ulpha, Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA20 6DT
Laya Point started as a Permaculture (ad)venture situated at The Old School in the Cumbrian Lake District hamlet of Ulpha. Established in 2012 by Tom Dennison and Nicole Hermes, it is the creative offshoot of a Permaculture design that was crafted in 2010. After two years in South-East Asia, Tom and Nicole made the decision to put down some roots and their understanding of Permaculture ethics and design principles to the test.
In 2012, they moved back to England and set about transforming an old school playing field into their own ‘Garden of Eden’. The Old School has been an amazing place to discover, experiment and implement all the good stuff that comes along with Permaculture, such as annual and perennial food production, small space and high yield systems, poly-culture forest gardening, homesteading skills, natural building and so much more. Little by little, their aim of turning this one acre site into an enchanting, fun and productive example of Permaculture in practice has grown and evolved.
The aim behind Laya Point was to create a space where people, friends and teachers are able to exchange knowledge, skills and support through a variety of residential courses and weekend workshops. Laya Point runs an eclectic mix of different workshops each year, in line with what is most inspiring at that time. These range from Permaculture Design Courses, calligraphy intensives and yoga retreats to willow, stone or wood sculpture workshops. Each year amazing foraging weekends are held and more recently the space has been opened to the exquisite world of tantra and shamanic ceremonial practices.
In 2016, the amazing Rosie Moss took over the managing of the site and courses, along with her brilliant right hand man, Hedley, which has allowed Tom to spend a year studying to be a master craftsman furniture maker. With her ability to welcome everyone that walks through the gate with heartfelt warmth and a genuine interest, not to mention her exceptional cooking, Laya Point has never been in better hands.
Getting to The Old School by Car
Leave the M6 at junction 36, onto the A591 towards Kendal then turn left onto the A590 towards Barrow after 3 miles. Stay on the A590 for approximately 20 miles. Turn right at the roundabout onto the A5092. This will become the A595 after 6 miles and you continue along the A595 for a further 5 miles. Go through the coastal village of Foxfield (railway station on the left) then on the brow of the next hill, you will pass a pub on your right called the High Cross. The road then dips down before you reach a set of traffic lights at Duddon Bridge. Turn right just before the lights onto Smithy Lane, signposted Ulpha and Seathwaite. Follow this road for 3 miles, until you reach the second cattle grid and Ulpha Bridge. Don’t cross either. Turn right up the track and The Old School is straight ahead.
Getting to The Old School by Public Transport
Our nearest train station is Foxfield, about 5 miles away. There are fairly regular trains (hourly) between Barrow-in-Furness and Foxfield. We can arrange to collect people from Foxfield at specified times. The next closest station is Ulverston, about 15 miles away. There are no direct trains from Ulverston to Foxfield, so you would need to go via Barrow-in-Furness. We may be able to arrange to collect people from Ulverston if arranged in advance.
Coach / Bus
There are coach stops in both Barrow-in-Furness and Ulverston. From Barrow-in-Furness there are buses (6 : X6) to Ulverston. There is also a bus service (7) from Barrow-in-Furness to Broughton-in-Furness, which is the nearest village to us, approximately 4 miles away. This only runs a handful of times per day. See timetable for details.
The nearest International Airport is Manchester. There are trains from Manchester Airport to Ulverston and Barrow-in-Furness.