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Six Road Trips in Cumbria

Are you planning a Cumbrian road trip to remember? Looking to explore the brand new UNESCO World Heritage Site? Take a look at five of our favourite routes across the county!

1. The West Coast Road

The Western lakes has some of the most scenic road in the country. You follow the coastline from Silecroft right through to Siloth. Stopping off in the historic towns maritime towns of Whitehaven, Maryport & Workington, the route takes just over 1 and half hours to complete. Time it right and you’ll even be greeted by the famous west coast sunsets at the end of the day…

Silecroft Beach

2. The A591 Central Lakes

Not only does this road have the best views in the country but it is mathematically proven to be Britain’s best driving road. Passing through the heart of the national park, the perfect combination of bends, acceleration, cruising and braking make the 591 Britain’s favourite road. Passing through visitor-favourites of Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere, Thirlmere & Keswick, if you have never been down this road before, get it on your bucket-list!

The A591


Image Credit: Clive Penkett

3. The Yorkshire Dales & North Pennines

Starting out from Kirkby Lonsdale, close to the border of our Yorkshire neighbours, the route takes in the stunning towns of Sedbergh, Kirkby Stephen, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Kirkby Thore and finishing at Penrith. Taking you through the rolling dales and dramatic giant North Pennine peaks, makes the perfect Sunday drive!

Yorkshire Dales

4. The Eden Valley

Starting Windermere, you leave the 591 for the 592 and take the Kirkstone Pass. Spring, Summer & Autumn months are truly breath-taking. You pass through Troutbeck, Patterdale, Glenridding, Ullswater and Pooley Bridge all before emerging at the foot of Blencathra where you can take a left into Keswick or a right into Penrith. Beautiful!

Kirkstone Pass

5. Morecambe Bay & The Barrow Peninsula

Setting out from Levens and diverting onto the A590, you’ll be passing through some beautiful Cumbrian villages. Grange-over-Sands, Cartmel, Flookburgh, Newby Bridge and Ulverston are all truly special gems on this trial. You can also stop in Cartmel and pick up some a box of the famous Cartmel Stick Toffee Pudding!


6. The Hardknott & Wrynose Passes

Definitely not for faint of heart, these two-well-known mountain passes cross the larger Western peaks. With a 30% gradient in places, ascending some of the highest peaks accessible by road, the views are spectacular! the road starts from Langdale and drops into the magnificent Duddon valley. A true test for your driving skills, but well worth it for the reward.

Hardknott Pass


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