|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Kendal bypass (SD496946)|
|Distance:||6.1 miles (9.8 km)|
|Meets:||A591, A5284, A5074|
|Old route now:||A5284, B5285|
|Route outline (key)|
The B5284 crosses the moors of south Westmorland.
The road starts at a roundabout on the A591 and A5284 at the northern end of the Kendal bypass. This is the original eastern end of the B5284 but when the Kendal bypass was built the road was extended into town along the bypassed section of the A591 to end on the A6. This section was quickly returned to Class I status as the A5284 and so the B5284 was cut back again.
The B5284 heads west, signposted as Crook and Hawkshead (via ferry), which is true, although the ferry is beyond the far end of the road. Crook is reached after a couple of miles and the road runs along the southern edge of the small village before it crosses a small stream and climbs the steep Crook Brow before passing the isolated St Catherine's church. About a mile further on the road bends to the right and continues northwestwards past the Wild Boar Inn.
The road starts becoming more civilised a short distance further on. Although it remains out on the moors it skirts the Windermere golf course. After this the road reaches a narrow valley and then descends steeply into the suburbs of Bowness-on-Windermere to reach the A5074.
At one time the B5284 continued ahead on Longtail Hill to end on the B5285 (the A592 ran along the route of the present A5074). Although road signs suggest that it still does, most maps claim that Longtail Hill is now the B5285 instead.