Directions to the Lake District

Directions to the Lake District

Are you looking to t ravelling by car to the Lake District ? There is nothing easier ! Get to Junction 36 on the M6 and you're only a stone's throw away from the most beautiful corner of England. Travelling by air, coach or rail? Well that's straightforward too - just read on for more information.

Don't forget the alternative transport options from bus or mini-coach, to cycle, boat or ferry and a very good local rail service to Windermere. For total relaxation, leave yourcar at your hotel or accommodation and take an alternative form of transport to travel round the district, helping us to preserve the beautiful landscape you have come to visit.

By Air

Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool and Newcastle airports offer easy access to the area. Manchester Airport has its own rail station with direct services to Windermere and Barrow-in Furness.

Manchester Airport, Manchester Airport Guide, Blackpool Airport, Leeds/Bradford Airport, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Newcastle Airport

By Coach

National Express Rapide services from London (Victoria) to Kendal, Ulverston, Ambleside, Barrow and Windermere. More details are available from your local coach travel agent or National Express. Tel 08705 808080

National Express

By Rail

Stations for the area include Lancaster and Oxenholme - the Lake District (near Kendal) on the main West Coast line. There is a branch line connecting Oxenholme to Kendal and Windermere.

Trains run direct from Lancaster to Arnside, Grange-Over-Sands, Ulverston and Barrow via the Furness line. The historic Settle/Carlisle Railway line runs through the east of the District, with stations at Dent and Garsdale.

National Rail/Regional Railways. Enquiries: Tel: 08457 48 49 50

National Rail - Virgin Trains - Railtrack

Getting Around by Public Transport

A network of rail, bus and ferry services makes travelling around by public transport an excellent way to see the area.

For guides to the range of public transport services see: 'Cumbria and Lakes Rider' it's available from Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 and Tourist Information Centres.

Traveline Cumbria

By Boat / Ferry

Windermere and Coniston run foot passenger ferries or steamer services which will take you on scenic cruises or journeys across the lake. Windermere car ferry operates regular shuttle services throughout the year between Bowness-on-Windermere and Far Sawrey.

By Cycle

Numerous cycle paths, bridleways, forest trails and other quiet roads make cycling around Cumbria pleasurable and safe. Details on cycle routes and bike hire are available from Tourist Information Centres.

On Foot

Depending on how energetic you are feeling, there are walks to suit all tastes. Several companies operate rucksack and passenger shuttle bus services for walkers.

When out walking, good footwear and clothing is essential. For those without the necessary equipment, some outdoor shops operate a hire service for adults and children. Before setting off, leave a note with your hotel or guest house detailing where you intend to go and when you expect to return.

Cumbria Tourist Guides, Ramblers Association, Lake District National Park Weatherline - 0870 055 0575

Useful Contacts - Public Transport


For full details of bus, rail and ferry services to and within Cumbria, please telephone Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 Lines open daily 07.00 - 20.00 or visit Traveline Cumbria

Vehicle Hire

Westmorland Vehicle Hire - Cumbria and the Lake District leading name for vehicle hire

Situated in Kendal and Penrith Westmorland Vehicle Hire offer a wide range of self-drive hire vehicles to both the South and the North Lakes areas. For bookings or information please ring 01539 728532 or go to Car Hire Cumbria

Enterprise Rent-a-Car; Kendal and Barrow

Enterprise will Pick You Up from your hotel and take you to their office to collect your rental car. They offer a great selection of vehicles from Corsas to vans to 7 seater people carriers. Visit Enterprise call 01539 725 500.

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