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Cumberland

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Cumberland
Location Map ( geo)
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Primary Destinations
Carlisle • Keswick • Penrith • Whitehaven
Other Important Destinations
Alston • Cockermouth • Workington
Current Highway Authorities
Cumberland Council • Westmorland and Furness Council
Borders
Dumfriesshire • Durham • Lancashire • Northumberland • Roxburghshire • Westmorland
National Highways Roads
M6 • A74(M) • A66 • A69 • A595

Cumberland is a traditional county in the North-West of England, bordering Scotland. The county is mostly administered by Cumberland Council; although confusingly the area around Penrith and Alston is administered by Westmorland and Furness Council.

Geography & Economy

The B5300 coast road

Cumberland contains the northern and western part of the Lake District, thus including for example Scafell Pike, Skiddaw, Wastwater and Derwent Water, and the narrow strip of coast to the west. In the east the county contains the Eden Valley and the west side of the Pennines, whilst the north of the county is bleak and open. With the exception of Keswick there are no places of any size in the Lake District; there are a number of towns along the coast and in the flatter eastern half of the county. Cumberland claims the highest market town in England, Alston, but this claim is challenged by Buxton in Derbyshire.

Cumberland's traditional industry is sheep farming; this continues to this day but the Lake District is now best-known for tourism. The western coastal towns are industrial. The nuclear plant at Sellafield also lies in this area.

Roads

Honister Pass

Owing to its geography, Cumberland has a limited road network. A number of roads radiate from the county town of Carlisle and the coast is also well served but otherwise links are few and their routes are determined by the hills and mountain passes. Most roads in the county are maintained by Cumberland Council; with Westmorland and Furness Council administering the southeast of the county. The main road maintained by National Highways is the M6 in the east of the county; this links with the A66/A595 round the north of the Lakes to the coast, and the A69 in the north. The A74 Cumberland Gap north of Carlisle was the only non-motorway section of road between London and Glasgow until the M6 was extended in 2008. By the time the motorway crosses the border it has become the A74(M); this remains the only high-quality crossing from England into Scotland.

Route From To Length
M6 Catthorpe, Leicestershire Gretna, Dumfriesshire 236 miles View  
A74(M) Abington Gretna 48.5 miles View
A6 Luton Carlisle 299 miles View
A7 Edinburgh Carlisle 94.3 miles View
A66 Workington Grangetown 115 miles View
A69 Carlisle Denton Burn 54.2 miles View
A591 Levens Bothel 44.9 miles View
A592 Newby Bridge Penrith 34.3 miles View
A594 Papcastle Maryport 5.8 miles View
A595 Carlisle Dalton in Furness 85.1 miles View
A596 Thursby Distington 29.9 miles View
A597 Workington Distington 4.3 miles View
A686 Penrith Haydon Bridge 36.2 miles View
A689 Newby, Carlisle Hartlepool 93.6 miles View
A5076 Middlegate / Duke Street / Brunswick Road Stricklandgate / Duke Street 0.1 miles View
A5086 Egremont Belle Vue, Cockermouth 16.6 miles View
A5091 Aira Force, Ullswater Troutbeck 5.2 miles View
A5093 Hallthwaites Whicham 7.2 miles View
A5094 Corkickle Aikbank 1.8 miles View
A5271 Penrith Road Crosthwaite Road 1.8 miles View
A6071 Brampton Gretna 15.9 miles View
A6122 Market Place Corporation Road 0.3 miles View   
B5283 Hallthwaites Whicham 3.9 miles View
B5288 Penrith Beckces 7.5 miles View
B5288 Glencoyne Park Troutbeck 5.3 miles View
B5289 Low Lorton Portinscale 20.9 miles View
B5290 Keswick Bothel 11.8 miles View
B5291 Kilnhill Dubwath 1.9 miles View
B5292 Braithwaite Cockermouth 9.8 miles View
B5293 Low Lorton Buttermere 7.0 miles View
B5293 Cockermouth Egremont 15.6 miles View
B5294 Whinney Hill Frizington 1.7 miles View
B5295 Hensingham Cleator Moor 4.1 miles View
B5296 Workington Mossbay 1.3 miles View
B5297 Washington Street Falcon Street 0.6 miles View
B5298 Workington North Side 0.6 miles View
B5299 Aspatria Carlisle 25.4 miles View
B5299 Papcastle, Cockermouth Maryport 5.9 miles View
B5300 West Silloth Maryport 11.0 miles View
B5301 Silloth Blindcrake (N) 11.8 miles View
B5302 West Silloth Wigton (E) 13.5 miles View
B5303 Waverbridge Wigton 2.0 miles View
B5304 Wigton Red Dial 1.54 miles View
B5305 Stoneybeck, north of Penrith Wigton 19.6 miles View
B5306 Lillyhall Parton 2.5 miles View
B5306 Cromwell Road Middlegate/Duke Street 0.2 miles View
B5307 Abbeytown Carlisle 17.5 miles View
B5312 Castle Street Rickergate 0.3 miles View
B5320 Waterfoot Eamont Bridge 4.9 miles View
B5322 Legburthwaite Threlkeld 4.0 miles View
B5344 Gosforth Holmrook 5.7 miles View
B5345 Whitehaven Thornhill (S) 8.4 miles View
B5359 Penrith Road Main Street 0.4 miles View
B6263 Carleton Warwick Bridge 4.1 miles View
B6264 Stanwix Bank Linstock roundabout 2.2 miles View
B6277 Alston Cross Lanes 32.9 miles View
B6292 Brampton Alston 18.2 miles View
B6293 Alston Black Hall 29.4 miles View
B6294 Clarghyll Hall Nenthall 3.6 miles View
B6318 Heddon-on-the-Wall Langholm 61.4 miles View
B6412 Temple Sowerby Lazonby 11.7 miles View
B6413 Plumpton Brampton 20.3 miles View
B7076 Gretna Elvanfoot 44.5 miles View     
T12 London Inverness View
T24 Penrith Middlesbrough View
T25 Carlisle Sunderland View
T26 Carlisle Edinburgh View
T73 Levens Bridge Carlisle View

Key

Motorway
Primary Route
Non Primary Route
Former Motorway
Defunct Route
E Road
Future Motorway
Future Primary
Future Non Primary
Historical Route
Tourist Route
Roman Road
Unbuilt Motorway
Unbuilt Primary
Unbuilt Non Primary
National Cycle Network
Cycle Route
Eurovelo Cycle Route

Turnpikes

Main Article: Cumberland Turnpikes

Junctions

Main Article: Junctions in Cumberland


Bridges, Tunnels, and other Crossings

Main Article: Crossings in Cumberland






Cumberland
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Roads
A6 • A7 • A66 • A69 • A74(M) • A591 • A592 • A594 (Papcastle - Maryport) • A595 • A596 • A597 • A686 • A689 • A5076 (Penrith) • A5086 • A5091 • A5093 • A5094 • A5271 (Keswick) • A6071 • A6122 • B5283 • B5288 • B5288 (Ullswater - Troutbeck) • B5289 • B5290 (Keswick - Bothel) • B5291 • B5292 • B5293 (Buttermere) • B5293 (Cockermouth - Egremont) • B5294 • B5295 • B5296 • B5297 • B5298 • B5299 • B5299 (Papcastle - Maryport) • B5300 • B5301 • B5302 • B5303 • B5304 • B5305 • B5306 • B5306 (Penrith) • B5307 • B5312 (Carlisle) • B5320 (Lake District) • B5322 • B5344 • B5345 • B5359 (Keswick) • B6263 • B6264 • B6277 • B6292 (Brampton - Alston) • B6293 • B6294 • B6318 • B6412 • B6413 • B7076 • E05 • E18 • E31 (via Carlisle) • E33 (London - Glasgow) • E104 (Teesside - Penrith) • E110 (Old System) • Hadrians Wall Tourist Trail • M6 • NCN7 • RM7 • T12 (Britain) • T24 (Britain) • T25 (Britain) • T26 (Britain) • T73 (Britain)
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