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Major Roads of Cumbria

Major Roads of Cumbria

Getting around Cumbria by road. The basic guide to the major routes throughout Cumbria.

M6 Motorway

Locations of Junctions of the M6 and Beyond

Locations of Junctions of the M6 and Beyond

Scenic stretch of motorway

Despite the higher speeds and the bleak surroundings of your average motorway, the M6 stretch through Cumbria is really quite pleasant as motorways go.

As you travel north past the Carnforth junction (35) and then past the South Lakes/Kirby Lonsdale junction (36) you start to notice the increase in greenary and various hilly sections and that it is generally quieter as you continue on. In fact whilst benefiting from this higher speed route you can travel through some very picturesque stretches including parts of the northern most Yorkshire Dales near to the Tebay exit (38). From beyond that point the motorway actually separates into two sections as you continue up to junction 39.

East/West exits along the M6 motorway include:

36 West/Left : South Lakes, Kendal - Initially along A590 then A591. Barrow-in-Furness - A590
36 East/Right: Kirby Lonsdale, Skipton - Via A65

37 West/Left : Kendal - along A684
37 East/Right: Sedbergh - also along A684

38 East/Right : Kirkby Stephen,Brough - A685, Appleby via northbound road A6260

39 Minor Junction : Shap along A6 (runs parallel in parts along M6)

40 West/Left : Workington, Keswick along A66, Ulswater via A66 then A592
40 East/Right: Brough along A66, Penrith briefly via A66 then along A6 into town centre

41 Minor Junction : Left turn along B5305 can access top section of Lake District and onto A595 or onto A6 to Carlisle

42 : Gets you onto A6 for Carlisle

43 West/Left : Carlisle along A69
43 East/Right: Brampton east along A69

44 South/Left : Situated along the top end of Carlisle - travel South/Left to enter Carlisle centre
44 North/Right: A7 to Longtown

45 : Gretna Green via B7076 and Longtown via A6071

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A593 - Broughton to Ambleside

Route to Ambleside along the scenic A593 from Broughton

Route to Ambleside along the scenic A593 from Broughton

The A593 is accessible from the A595 road at Broughton-in-Furness.

This 17 mile (27km) stretch of road passes through many woods and coppices and passes through Coniston which includes Coniston Old Man.

After 6.5 miles (10.5km) you reach Torver which includes the Church Hotel Inn, The Wilson Arms and several B&Bs. There is also a turning onto the A5084 which in part runs along Coniston Lake and ends up a Lowick Green.

Heading 2 miles north from Torver you reach Coniston Hall Camping and Sailing Club. Staying on the main road the is a pub called The Ship Inn a 5 minute walk away.

A further half mile (0.8km) you aproach Coniston which has various pubs, B&Bs and Cafes.

7.5 miles (12km) along the A593 you Ambleside where this road ends.

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A5087 - “ The Coast Road ”

Coast road highlights on route to Barrow and Roa Island

Coast road highlights on route to Barrow and Roa Island

Parking on the coast near Barsea with nearby Cafe and Toilets

On the East side of Ulverston there is a turning onto the A5087 which intially runs through a residential section of Ulverston. After around a mile (1.6km) the surrounding start to become more open and there is also a turning for West End Lane where you can travel to Canal Foot and walk the length of Ulverston Canal.

Continuing for 1.8 miles along the road surrounded by farm land you reach a turning for Cooper Lane (check for signs saying The Factory and Kingfisher Products). After a short trip down a country lane there is parking facilities. Here you can walk along the coast or through a small woodland area or walk towards other stretches of coastline and parking facilities near Bardsea.

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Baycliff and Aldingham

Baycliff and Aldingham

Aldingham has a large secluded beach with sand and pebbled areas to walk along

Continuing on along the A5087 you approach Baycliff which include a large pub the Fishermans Arms and set back from the road in the village itself is a local farm shop and pub The Farmers Arms.

Continuing on you reach a crossroads, to the right you travel along up country lane to the village of Scales in which you can then turn onto a road where you can access Birkrigg Common.

Aldingham to the left has parking and toilet facilities as well as a good sized stretch of secluded beach which is pleasant especially in the summer.

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Newbiggin and Roosebeck then onto Barrow-in-Furness

Newbiggin and Roosebeck then onto Barrow-in-Furness

Various stopping off places along the coast from Aldingham to Roosebeck

Travelling from Aldingham for around 3 miles you pass Newbiggin and reach Roosebeck, a long straight stretch of road and coastline with plenty of places to pullover. A further 1.3 miles down the road you reach a roundabout. Left you can visit Rampside, Roa Island and Piel (via organised ferry or walk) or turn to the right and stay on the A5087 which continues through countryside for 2.4 miles until you reach Roose.

From here you can turn right on the roundabout to Roose or continue for around 2 miles around the south side of Barrow-in-Furness until the round becomes the A590 (see A590 section for details).

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A66 - Workington to the west of Brough

A66 - Major road west to east of Cumbria

A66 - Major road west to east of Cumbria

This major road including stretches of straight Roman road has some very rural aspects, parts are single lane and many parts are dual-carriageway

Starting in central Workington you head east for 3 miles (4.8km) until you reach the roundabout for A66/A595. Turning right onto the A595 (see section A595 for details) heading south you can visit towns Workington, Ravenglass and Askam & Ireleth.

Continuing on along the A66 for another 3.5 miles (5.6km) you reach another roundabout where you can take the first exit onto the A595 north into Carlisle, the second exit and go into Cockermouth which includes Jennings Brewery or the third exit to stay on the A66.

For around another mile (1.6km) you reach the A66/A5086 roundabout where you can go left into Cockermouth, right onto the A5086 down to Egremont or straight on to continue along the A66 where after 5.6 miles (9km) the road runs along side Bassenthwaite Lake which continues for about 3 miles (4.8km).

Another 4 miles (6.4km) on you approach the A66/A591 roundabout where you can turn left and travel up to Bassenthwaite, right into Keswick with it's many parks and it's own Keswick Launch Company.

Straight on for 8.5 miles (13.6km) you reach Troutbeck and the turning for the A5091 southern route down to Ullswater Lake.

Another 8.5 miles (13.6km) you approach the A66/A6 roundabout where you can head North (left) along the A6 to Penrith and south (right) along the A6 to Shap and Kendal. Straight on from this roundabout for 12 miles (19.3km) you reach the turning for Appleby-in-Westmorland and a further 8.7 miles (14km) you reach Brough which includes the Kirkby Stephen and Brough Commercial Vehicle Rally and the turning onto the A685 for Kirkby Stephen.

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A592 - Newby Bridge to Penrith

Places part of Cumbria's A592

Places part of Cumbria's A592

The route along A592 from Newby Bridge through Windermere, over Kirkstone Pass and along ullswater and finishing near Penrith.

We start our journey along the A592 from the small village that is Newby Bridge near Back Barrow.

1 mile (1.6km) up the A592 is Fell Foot Park which includes Fell Foot Park Ferry across to Lakeside.

1.7 miles (2.7km) further on there is Hill Of Oaks Caravan Park and 0.6 miles (0.9km) is a turning for Park Cliffe Camping and Caravan Estate.

3.5 miles on from here you reach Windermere Ferry Terminal and a further 0.8 miles (1.3km) to Bowness-on-Windermere which includes various places to stay and visit. From here you can turn onto the A5074 and travel a short distance to Windermere.

6 miles from Bowness is Kirkstone pass, the highest pass in the Lake District open to motor traffic and includes to Kirkstone Pass Inn, the third highest pub in England.

Further along the A592 runs along Ullswater for 8 miles (12.8km) and then 3.5 miles from there you reach the A592/A66 roundabout. Turning right leads to junction 40 of the M6 motorway and then onto Penrith and turning left can get you to Troutbeck, Threlkeld, Keswick and beyond.

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Cumbria A6 Route

A6 Beetham to Carlisle

A6 Beetham to Carlisle

Forget the M6. Here's a good scenic route to take when your going north in no rush

The Cumbria stretch of the M6 is a nice route for a motorway but if you want to take things a little more slowly and see more of rural Cumbria without the stess of changing lanes and passing trucks then the A6 alternative route to going north is worth it.

Aside from going through towns and villages on the A6, you don't lose as much time as you'd think.

Starting from the south of the A6 you travel through Beetham and Milnthope which includes the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis.

Another good thing about the A6 is if you are going to Arnside or other similar coastal locations. Once at Milnthorpe (heading north) you can take the left turn at the traffic lights onto the B5282 where you can access Arnside which includes the Arnside Railway Viaduct and it's seaside location within Morecambe Bay.

However, continuing north on the A6 from Milnthorpe for 2.7 miles (4.3km) you must join the A590 dual carriageway (see A590 section for details) towards Kendal, following the signs and baring to the right. Once joined you travel for about 1 mile (1.6km) where you approach a roundabout. Take the first left and join the A591. Travelling for 2 miles (3.6km) you need to leave at the junction for South Kendal. Following the road signs for the A6 continue through Kendal and travel until you see national speed limit signs. Now you get to enjoy a more scenic route from now on.

From this point until you get to Shap which is around 14 miles (22.5km) there is pretty much open space, nothing else but natural splendure. Clear open road along the right side of the Lake District.

Now coming into Shap at reduced speed for around 1 mile (1.6km), there are plenty of facilities if you are looking for a rest stop in a local cafe etc...

After you clear Shap it's open road again.

2.2 miles (3.5km) into it you actually go under the the M6 Motorway and another 2.2 miles (3.5km) you go over it, twice. You start to intertwine with the M6 but you'll hardly notice.

After a further 4.5 miles (7.2km) you approach the A6/A66 roundabout. Going straight on you continue through Penrith for 2.2 miles (3.5km) and then it's back onto open road for around 13.5 miles (21.7km).

At this point you approach a roundabout for A6/M6 this gives you the choice to go into Carlisle by continuing on the A6 or go around Carlisle via the M6 if you wish to continue north.

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A591 - Sizergh to Bothel

The route of the A591 and places along the way

The route of the A591 and places along the way

Leaving junction 36 of the M6 motorway, taking the first exit and travelling along the A590 for 3.7 miles (6km) there is a junction for the A590 which is near Sizergh which includes Sizergh Castle.

Staying ON the dual carriageway it becomes the A591.

Travelling for another 2 miles (3.2km) you have the choice of leaving at a junction on the A591 and joining the A6 into Kendal and beyond or staying on this dual carriageway to bypass the market town of Kendal which includes Kendal Castle and Kendal Museum.

Continuing for 3 miles (4.8km) you approach a roundabout. Turning right you travel down the A5284 which brings you back into Kendal or by taking the first exit you stay on the A591 and after 6.6 miles (10.6km) arrive at Windermere which includes Windermere Lake. Around 2 miles (3.2km) along this journey you can turn onto Kendal Road and drive into Staveley which includes Reston Scar Fell.

Within Windermere you can take two roads down towards Bowness-on-Windermere, the A5074 and slightly further north you can travel down the A592 which includes the Windermere Steamboat & Museum around half a mile (0.8km) from Bowness-on-Windermere. You can also travel north on the A592 toward Troutbeck and then onto Kirkstone Pass.

From the A592/A591 junction travelling for just under 4 miles (6.4km), some of which is along side the north east of Windermere Lake, you reach Ambleside which includes Bridge House.

You can then continue on for a further 18 miles (29km) passing the Rydal Water then Grasmere Lake before embarking through Grasmere itself, then on the road surrounded by unspoilt hilly landscapes and onto the rightside of Thirlmere Lake and circling around Keswick.

And for a further 11.4 miles (18.3km) you travel through the heart of the Lake District until you aproach a t-junction for the A595. Left to Cockermouth and Right to Carlisle.

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A595 - Dalton to Carlisle

Locations on route north along the A595

Locations on route north along the A595

The A595 which passes through many coastal towns as you travel north right into Carlisle

The A595 starts at the northend of Dalton-in-Furness on a roundabout that meets the A590 (see A590 for details) and continues all the way up the western side of Cumbria until it ends in Carlisle centre.

As you travel down the wide straight road you are presented with great views across the Cumbria fells, in particular Black Combe as it dominates the immediate panorama as you pass the Askam brickworks on your left.

Around 1.8 miles (2.9km) down the road you approach Askam & Ireleth which includes the Askam Pier, it has a small number of shops and takeaways for the peckish as well as parking for visitors looking to get a better view of the fells before embarking further up the A595.

For the next mile or so (1.6km) you start to climb steadily upwards and as you bend to the left you are in open countryside and have even clearer views of Black Combe and surrounding hills.

Carrying on further for 3 miles (4.8km) you reach Kirkby-in-Furness and for a further 2 miles (3.2km) you reach a t-junction a Grizebeck (which has petrol station). By turning right you will be on the A5092 (see A5092 for details) which goes to Greenodd. Turning left you stay on the A592.

For 3 miles (4.8km) along woodland lined road you aproach Foxfield, a small village which includes Foxfield train station and a well praised pub called the Prince of Wales.

A further 1.7 miles (2.7km) you reach Broughton-in-Furness a popular village with various B&Bs. At this point you can turn onto the A593 where you can access Coniston which includes Coniston Old Man and Ambleside.

Travelling for 3.3 miles to just after St. Anne's Church there is a turning onto the A5093 where you can access Millom and Haverigg. 8 miles (12.8km) further along the A595 you reach Bootle and another 8 miles (12.8km) you reach Ravenglass which includes the La'AL Ratty Steam Train and it's seaside location.

Over the next 17 miles (27km) you pass places such as Holmrook, Gosforth and Egremont before reaching the town of Whitehaven which includes a good sized harbour.

5 miles (8km) further on is the turning onto the A596 which goes into Workington and continues on to Maryport which includes the Maryport Blues Festival.

3.5 miles (5.6km) from the A596 turning you approach a roundabout, by turning right you have a brief stetch along the A66 for 3.5 miles (5.6km) when you meet another roundabout and turning left gets you back onto the A595.

For 19 miles (30.5km) you travel along a very straight stretch of road across open farmland until you reach a roundabout at Thursby. Turning left gets you onto the A596 which takes you in a similar direction to the A595 but going through Maryport. Turning right and travelling for 6.3 miles (10km) when you reach Carlisle which includes Carlisle Racecourse and Carlisle Castle.

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Cumbria A590

Locations along the A590

Locations along the A590

A590 goes from M6 junction 36 over Walney Bridge to Walney Island

Coming off at junction 36 of the M6 motorway travelling west you take the first exit along the A590 which is a dual-carriageway.

Just over 3 miles (5km) the road becomes A591 (see A591 section for locations on this route), as this happens there is a junction which you must exit on in order to stay on the A590.

Taking the first exit on the roundabout you continue on the A590 which stays a dual-carriageway.

Shortly after 0.4 miles (0.7 km) there is a junction for A6 south to Milnthorpe (see A6 section for locations). Continuing on for 5.5 miles (9km) you approach a roundabout with exits to Grange-over-Sands via B5277. Move to the righthand lane to take second exit on roundabout and stay on A590.

Next you bypass small villages for the next 5.8 miles (9.3km) until you reach Newby Bridge which includes a roundabout in which turning right will get you onto A592 to Bowness-on-Windermere (see section A592).

Continuing staight ahead 1.5 miles (2.5km) you come to Backbarrow which includes the Lakeland Motor Museum, then onto Haverthwaite 0.8 miles (1.2km) which includes the Haverthwaite Steam Railway.

2.7 miles (4.3km) from there you reach the village of Greenodd which has a right-turn onto the A5092 which bypasses the south west of Cumbria and leads you straight to Grizebeck and onto Broughton-in-Furness via the A595 (see section for A595).

Continuing along the A590 from Greenodd for 3.2 miles (5.1km) you arrive at Ulverston which includes the Laurel and Hardy Museum and the Hode Monument.

Not far past the Shell petrol station there is a left turn down a residential street called Quebec Street which will take you along the road locally known as "The Coast Road" (see A5087 section). However staying on this road you continue through Ulverston and out towards a roundabout after 3.9 miles (6.3km). Turning left takes you through one end of Dalton-in-Furness which includes the South Lakes Wild Animal Park.

Continuing along the A590 on a very straight and wide stretch of road for 1 mile (1.6km) you approach another roundabout, by turning right you move onto the A595 to Askam-in-Furness and beyond. Straight on at the roundabout and along the A590 for 5 miles (8km) following signs for Barrow you reach the outskirts of Barrow-in-furness which includes the Dock Museum.

A short journey across Walney Bridge which crosses Walney Channel you are near the end of the A590 and on Walney Island which includes the South Walney Nature Reserve.

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A596 - Workington to Moorend Road

A596 - Workington to Moorend Road

The A596 starts along the A595 shortly past Distington. From here you go into the centre of Workington and travel along a short coastal stretch of main road passing Siddick Ponds Nature Reserve and the town of Flimby before reaching Maryport.

Continuing out of Maryport you travel along some open countryside before reaching Aspatria which includes several B&Bs and pubs and local petrol station.

8 miles (12.8km) on from Aspatria travelling through woodland and open farm land you reach Wigton.

The Road ends at Moorend at a roundabout for the A596/A595.

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A685 - Brough to Kendal

A685 - Brough to Kendal

At Brough situated along the A66 there is a road called the A685 which goes south and then west and finishes at Tebay at Junction 38 of the M6.

First stop along this road is Kirkby Stephen which includes various pubs some of which serve Jennings Beer which is well worth a taste. There are also several B&Bs as you travel south out of the town.

Around 2 miles (3.6km) from the centre of Kirkby Stephen town centre you reach a turning for the A683 to Sedbergh, a very tradional town built heavily out of lakeland stone and very akin to traditional Yorkshire towns or as some may say Proper Cumbrian/Lancashire Town.

9.5 miles (15.2km) further on you reach a roundabout, straight on you can join the M6 motorway north/south, right you can visit Tebay services for petrol and snacks etc. To your left you can visit the village of Tebay which has several B&Bs and a cafe.

From Tebay you can continue through the village and travel for 11.5 miles (18.5km) until you reach Kendal.

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A5092 - Grizebeck to Greenodd

A5092 - Grizebeck to Greenodd

A short but very picturesque road that goes from Grizebeck to Greenodd.

Grizebeck has a petrol station and local pub called The Greyhound.

Continuing along the southern tip of the Lake District for 3.5 miles (5.6km) you reach Gawthwaite where there is a turning onto the B5281 which passes Broughton Beck and enters the north of Ulverston.

A further 2 miles (3.2km) you reach Lowick Green which includes a B&B and also a turning for the A5084 which goes to Torver and joins the A593.

Less than half a mile (0.8km) on you reach the The Farmers Arms pub where there is a turning to Spark Bridge.

1.8 miles further you reach Greenodd which includes petrol station, local bakery, chip shop and The Ship Inn pub and Greenodd Brewery. There is also a turning for the A595 which goes to Back Barrow, Newby Bridge, Lindale and the M6 or Kendal (left turn) or to Ulverston, Dalton-in-Furness or Barrow-in-Furness (right turn).

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