|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||4.6 miles (7.4 km)|
|Old route now:||A5092|
|Route outline (key)|
The B5281 is a rural B-road in north Lancashire. The road is narrow in places, having been since the early 1990s the subject of a wide vehicle restriction for its entire route of 2.2 m (7ft 3in) in both directions.
The road starts on the A590 in Ulverston; owing to a one-way loop in the town centre the B5281 meets that road in two different places. Northbound traffic leaves the A590 just to the east of its junction with the A5087. It goes north along Swan Street and Hart Street before reaching a T-junction and having to TOTSO right onto the one-way Fountain Street to reach a mini-roundabout. Southbound traffic turns south off this mini-roundabout along King Street and Queen Street to reach the A590 at traffic lights. In reality, this one-way system is the original line of the A590 through town; when that road was rerouted the B5281 took over the section left behind.
The B5281 heads north from the mini-roundabout in Ulverston along Soutergate, which is still reasonably narrow. The road climbs out of town and soon reaches open country then continues up a narrow valley onto the moors. It goes past the village of Broughton Beck before running along the side of a hill, climbing gradually. Eventually the road reaches Gawthwaite where it bends to the left before ending at a T-junction on the A5092.