Lured by beautiful scenery and abundant fishing destinations, thousands of anglers flock to West Cumbria every year. It is easily accessible by train, coach, car, and plane. No matter where you are coming from in the UK, you can be presenting a fly on the River Ehen in just a few hours.
Cumbria by Train
From London, the West Coast Main Line makes three stops in Cumbria at Carlilse, Oxenholme, and Penrith. From Oxenholme it is easy to connect to Windermere and Kendal. The trip takes around three hours from London and two hours from Manchester.
Starting in Leeds, the Carlilse and Settle Railway makes multiple stops in the Lake District including Dent and Appleby. The Cumbrian Coast Line is a direct route to the coastal towns and villages nestled on the Irish Sea. Stops include Ravenglass, Foxfield, and Seascale. The Lakes Line and Tine Valley Line allow for travel across the district for those wishing to visit multiple attractions.
The Lake District by Car
The M6 motorway splits Cumbria on its way from London to Glasgow. It is a convenient way to get out of the city and quickly into nature. For travel from East to West through Cumbria, the A66 trunk route is a good bet. From London, budget around five hours to reach Penrith at a reasonable rate of travel.
For those wanting a scenic excursion, the A686 road from Penrith to Corbridge is often listed by travel experts and motorcar publications as one of the best drives in the UK. Because of its popularity, driving through the Lake District can be challenging due to congestion on the some roadways. Many of the roads are narrow, steep, and winding. Make sure you and your vehicle are up to the task before you leave.
Whether you are traveling by train or automobile, the Lake District and Cumbria are within easy travel distance from anywhere in the UK. For a relaxing weekend or extended holiday, consider packing your rods and coming to Cumbria.