travelling by rail...
Cumbria has an excellent rail network and can be easily reached from most parts of the country.
From Scotland, the North West, the Midlands, and Southern England
Virgin Trains via the West Coast Main Line call at: Carlisle for 'Carlisle & Hadrian's Wall Country'; Penrith for 'Keswick and the Western Lakes', and 'Ullswater & the Eden Valley'; and Oxenholme for 'Kendal & the Southern Lakes'.
First TransPennine Express from Edinburgh and Glasgow to Oxenholme via Lockerbie, Carlisle and Penrith.
At Carlisle connections can be made to the Settle - Carlisle line, the Tyne Valley line, and the Cumbria Coast line. At Oxenholme connections can be made to the Windermere Branch line. Connections for the Furness line must be made at Lancaster.
From the North East
Northern Rail from Newcastle via the Hadrian's Wall Country line call at Carlisle for ‘Carlisle & Hadrian's Wall Country'
At Carlisle connections can be made to the West Coast Main line, the Settle - Carlisle line, and the Cumbria Coast line.
From Yorkshire and beyond
First TransPennine Express trains call at Oxenholme and Windermere for 'Kendal & the Southern Lakes'; and via the spectacular Furness line across Morecambe Bay at Grange-over-Sands and Ulverston for 'Coniston & the Lake District Peninsulas', and 'Barrow-in-Furness'.
Northern Rail via the beautifully scenic Settle - Carlisle line call at: Carlisle for 'Carlisle & Hadrian's Wall Country'; and Armathwaite, Lazonby, Langwathby, Appleby and Kirkby Stephen for 'Ullswater & the Eden Valley' and 'Alston & the North Pennines'.
At Carlisle connections can be made to the West Coast Main line, the Hadrian's Wall Country line, and the Cumbria Coast line.
From Greater Manchester & North Wales
First TransPennine Express offers a direct service from Manchester Airport via Manchester Piccadilly, Bolton and Preston to Grange-over- Sands, Ulverston, Barrow-in-Furness, Oxenholme, Kendal, Windermere, Penrith and Carlisle.
Virgin Trains operates direct services from Crewe, Warrington Bank Quay (connections available from North Wales) Wigan North Western (connections available from Liverpool & Merseyside) and Preston to Lancaster, Oxenholme, Penrith and Carlisle.
Connecting at Lancaster with Northern Rail for the spectacular Furness line to Grange-over-Sands, Ulverston and Barrow-in-Furness and along the stunningly beautiful Cumbrian Coast line to Ravenglass, Whitehaven and Maryport for ‘Keswick & the Western Lake District', as well as many other smaller stations.
Connections at Oxenholme with First TransPennine Express for ‘Kendal and the Southern Lakes' including Kendal and Windermere.
For rail timetable, fare information, special offers and much more contact 'National Rail Enquiries' - 08457 48 49 50, or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk There are a variety of railcards available that enable you to save 1/3 on most rail fares (16 - 25, Senior , Family & Friends and Disabled Persons).
To purchase rail tickets online contact www.mytrainticket.co.uk or you can book rail tickets and accommodation with Trainline. If you require information as to how to bridge "those last few miles" between the rail station you arrive at and your final destination contact Train Taxi.
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Eurostar services now operate direct into London St Pancras International, which is a short distance away from London Euston where direct Virgin Trains services operate to Lancaster, Oxexholme, Penrith and Carlisle daily. more information