South Lakeland lies in the North West of England and encompasses two of England's best known National Parks, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. The district is famous for its lakes and mountains but there’s so much more to discover. Explore the wealth of attractions, picturesque towns and villages, and the spectacular scenery ideal for quiet contemplation or adventurous outdoor activities.
Travelling by car?
From the South, simply take junction 36 off the M6, follow the A590/A591, and you will find yourself in South Lakeland. Within 10-minutes you can reach Kendal, regarded as the gateway to the Lake District. From the North, leave the M6 at Junction 39 and follow the A6.
Travelling by air?
Manchester and Liverpool airports offer easy access to the area and you can reach South Lakeland from these within 90 minutes by car. Manchester Airport has its own rail station with direct services to Windermere and Barrow-in Furness.
Travelling by rail?
Passengers should take a trip on the main West Coast Main Line to either Lancaster or Oxenholme (the Lake District). A branch line connects Oxenholme to both Kendal and Windermere via the Lakes Line, while trains run direct from Lancaster to Arnside, Grange-over-Sands and Ulverston on the Furness Line. For those who enjoy the drama of heritage trains, the Settle/Carlisle Railway line runs through the east of the District, with stations at Dent and Garsdale. For more information on train times and routes please visit National Rail.
Travelling by coach?
Coach travellers can use National Express services from London (Victoria) to Kendal, Ulverston, Ambleside and Windermere. For information on coach travel for groups, coach guides and up-to-date coach parking information please see our coaches page.