Transport Links

South Lakeland is situated in the North West region of England, in the south of Cumbria. It covers major parts of both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks and enjoys excellent transport links via the West Coast main line and the M6 motorway which both run through the district. South Lakeland has good links with nearby Britain’s Energy Coast, located on the west coast of Cumbria.

To plan your journey to and from South Lakeland, use the Red Planet journey planner. This will advise you on the quickest route using various modes of transport.

By Road

South Lakeland benefits from direct access to the M6 motorway at Junctions 36 and 37 and is easily accessible from the rest of the country.

UK MapManchester can be reached in little more than an hour’s drive time, the Midlands and central Scotland in around 2 hours. London and the South East, using the wider UK motorway network, is roughly a 5-hour journey.

If you are travelling to South Lakeland from the South, leave the M6 at Junction 36. Follow the A590 for areas around Grange-over-Sands, the Cartmel Peninsula, the northern shores of Morecambe Bay and Ulverston. The A591 is the direct route into Kendal and the southern and central Lake District including Windermere and Ambleside. For Sedbergh and the Dales, leave the M6 at Junction 37.

If you are travelling from the North, leave the M6 at Junction 39 (Shap) and follow the A6.

Useful links for live traffic reports on motorways and A-roads:

AA Roadwatch - RAC Route Planner

There are a number of car parks across the district that can be used by visitors to the area. Cars can also be hired through Co-Wheels Car Club

By Rail 

South Lakeland is served by a fast and frequent West Coast Main Line rail service connecting us with the major cities of London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow and the rest of the Uk. The London Euston to Oxenholme (Lake District) journey takes around 3 hours.

Oxenholme Train Station

Local connections are provided to Windermere and to the Furness Peninsula (Carnforth - Barrow line) and direct services link with Manchester, Manchester Airport, Preston and the rest of North Lancashire along with West Cumbria and the 'energy coast'.

Useful links for train travel information to, from and through South Lakeland:

See the latest informaton on rail connections in South Lakeland.

By Air

South Lakeland is easily accessible from international and regional airports, all within a couple of hours' drive time. Manchester Airport is the busiest airport outside London and offers flights to more than 190 destinations (more than any other airport in the UK). Manchester Airport is a 90 minute drive from South Lakeland and also has its own rail station with direct services to Oxenholme (West Coast Main Line station), Windermere and Barrow-in-Furness.

Blackpool Airport is the closest regional airport and is approximately 1 hour from South Lakeland, offering numerous UK-bound and international flights.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is approximately 90 minutes away and offers regular flights to destinations across Europe. Leeds/Bradford, Newcastle and Glasgow airports are all just a little further afield but all easily accessible from South Lakeland.

By Sea

There are two ports close to South Lakeland located at Barrow-in-Furness and Heysham. Both provide a regular freight service with Heysham Port offering daily freight services to the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, along with daily passenger services to the Isle of Man.

By Coach

Coach travellers can use National Express 570 services from London (Victoria) to Kendal, Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere.  This service also connects with the X35 service to Grange-over-Sands, Ulverston, and Barrow. 

Details about bus travel in South Lakeland are available from Traveline and Cumbria County Council. Information about the bike bus service is available from Go Lakes.