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Cumberland
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Primary Destinations
Carlisle • Keswick • Penrith • Whitehaven
Other Important Destinations
Cockermouth • Workington
Current Highway Authorities
Cumbria County Council
Borders
Dumfriesshire • Durham • Lancashire • Northumberland • Roxburghshire • Westmorland
Highways England Roads
M6 • A74(M) • A66 • A69 • A595

Cumberland is a traditional county in the North-West of England, bordering Scotland. The county council was abolished in 1974 and the area is now administered by Cumbria County 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 Cumbria County Counci. The main road maintained by Highways England 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
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
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
A6 Luton Carlisle 299 miles View
A6 Kendal Penrith View
A6 Penrith Carlisle View
A6071 Brampton Gretna 15.9 miles View
A6122 Market Place Corporation Road 0.3 miles View
A66 Workington Grangetown 115 miles View
A686 Penrith Haydon Bridge 36.2 miles View
A689 Newby, Carlisle Hartlepool 93.6 miles View
A69 Carlisle Denton Burn 54.2 miles View
A7 Edinburgh Carlisle 94.3 miles View
A74(M) Abington Gretna 48.5 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
Birker Fell Eskdale Dunnerdale 2.4 miles View
Blea Tarn Pass Little Langdale Great Langdale View
A74 Cumberland Gap Carlisle Guards Mill 6 miles View
E05 Greenock Southampton 454 miles View
E104 Teesside Penrith 78 miles View
E110 Newcastle Stranraer 166 miles View
E18 Craigavon Newcastle 248 miles View
E31 London Glasgow 405 miles View
E33 London Glasgow 405 miles View
Hardknott Pass Cockley Beck Eskdale 2.4 miles View
Honister Pass Buttermere Borrowdale View
Kirkstone Pass Troutbeck Patterdale View
M6 Catthorpe, Leicestershire Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire 236 miles View
M74 and A74(M) Glasgow Gretna, Dumfriesshire 81 miles View
NCN7 Sunderland Culloden Moor View
Newlands Pass Buttermere Borrowdale View
Old Coach Road (Matterdale) Birkett Mire Dockray View
T12 London Inverness View
T24 Penrith Middlesbrough View
T25 Carlisle Sunderland View
T26 Carlisle Edinburgh View
T73 Levens Bridge Carlisle View
The Struggle Kirkstone Inn Ambleside View
Whinlatter Pass Braithwaite High Lorton View
Wrynose Pass Cockley Beck Little Langdale 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



Cumberland
JunctionsCatterlen Interchange • Golden Fleece Interchange • Guards Mill Interchange • Kingstown Interchange • Rosehill Interchange • Skirsgill Interchange
RoadsA5076 (Penrith) • A5086 • A5091 • A5093 • A5094 • A5271 (Keswick) • A591 • A592 • A594 (Papcastle - Maryport) • A595 • A596 • A597 • A6 • A6/Kendal - Penrith • A6/Penrith - Carlisle • A6071 • A6122 • A66 • A686 • A689 • A69 • A7 • A74(M) • 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 • Birker Fell • Blea Tarn Pass • Cumberland Gap • E05 • E104 (Teesside - Penrith) • E110 (Old System) • E18 • E31 (via Carlisle) • E33 (London - Glasgow) • Hardknott Pass • Honister Pass • Kirkstone Pass • M6 • M74 and A74(M) History • NCN7 • Newlands Pass • Old Coach Road (Matterdale) • T12 (Britain) • T24 (Britain) • T25 (Britain) • T26 (Britain) • T73 (Britain) • The Struggle • Whinlatter Pass • Wrynose Pass
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