travelling by sea...
Sailing to Cumbria is simple, ferries link Holland and Scandinavia to Newcastle (North Shields), Belfast and the Isle of Man to Lancaster (Heysham), and Belfast and Dublin to Liverpool. Cumbria is easily reached from any of these ports either by car (less than 90 minutes) or by public transport
From Newcastle (North Shields)
You can access Cumbria - The Lake District by road via the A69. Or if you are not using a car there is a bus transfer from the port to the Newcastle Central Rail station. The buses wait outside the terminal and once all passengers have disembarked the bus leaves for the station, from where there are regular services to Carlisle. From Carlisle connections can be made to the other areas of Cumbria
From Lancaster (Heysham)
You can access Cumbria - The Lake District by road via the M6 motorway. Or if you are not using a car you can take the train that links daytime arrivals with Lancaster Railway Station. From Lancaster Railway Station there are regular direct services to most rail stations in Cumbria.
You can access Cumbria - The Lake District by road via the M58 and M6 motorways. Near to the port you'll also find Norton St Coach Station (for National Express connections) and Lime Street Railway Station for rail services to Cumbria via Preston