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Primary Destinations
Brough • Kendal • Kirkby Lonsdale • Windermere
Current Highway Authorities
Cumbria County Council
Cumberland • Durham • Lancashire • Yorkshire
Highways England Roads
M6 • A66 • A590

Westmorland is a traditional county in the North-West of England. The like-named county council was abolished in 1974 and the area is now administered by Cumbria County Council. The historic county town is Appleby-in-Westmorland, although the county council was always based in Kendal.

Geography & Economy

The Struggle - an aptly named Lakeland pass

Westmorland is a rural county stretching from the Lake District to the Pennines; as such much of the county is mountainous. The Eden Valley in the north is the largest area of flat land and the county does have a short coastline on Morecambe Bay. Westmorland has two separate borders with Lancashire; presumably crossing Westmorland on land was not as easy as crossing Morecambe Bay. The county contains the Lake District's eastern fells and the tourist trap of Ambleside. By a quirk of geography it also contains the whole of Windermere, as the county boundary follows the lake edge. Hills outside the Lake District are more poorly known, although the county does contain Great Dun Fell (known for its "golf ball" radar station on the summit; the private road leading there is the country's highest tarmacked road) and part of the Howgills, now in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.


The Lune Gorge

Owing to the geography of Westmorland its road network is limited. A number of roads radiate from Kendal, the county's most important Primary Destination, to serve the south of the county - but there are limited routes north over the fells. The A6 over Shap was notorious in winter until replaced by the M6 along the Lune Gorge in 1970. In the north, roads radiate from Penrith, which is a mile or so over the county boundary in Cumberland, but again few roads head east across the Pennines. Westmorland is also the location for the inland Windermere Ferry, which takes B5285 traffic into Lancashire. Highways England maintain the county's three trunk roads, the north-south M6, the transpennine A66 and the A590 to Furness. Most non-trunk roads in the county are maintained by Cumbria County Council. Westmorland is in the dubious position of containing two of the country's smallest Primary Destinations: Brough and Kirkby Lonsdale.

Route From To Length
A5074 Levens Bridge Windermere 11.2 miles View
A5075 Waterhead, Ambleside Ambleside 0.5 miles View
A5284 Kendal Plumgarths, Kendal 1.5 miles View
A590 Crooklands Walney Island 34.9 miles View
A591 Levens Bothel 44.9 miles View
A592 Newby Bridge Penrith 34.3 miles View
A593 Broughton in Furness Ambleside 16.6 miles View
A6 Luton Carlisle 299 miles View
A6070 Warton Crooklands 6.3 miles View
A65 Leeds Kendal 69 miles View
A66 Workington Grangetown 115 miles View
A683 Heysham Kirkby Stephen 43.2 miles View
A684 Kendal Osmotherley 67.1 miles View
A685 Kendal Brough 27.0 miles View
B5277 Meathop Flookburgh 6.6 miles View
B5282 Milnthorpe Arnside 3.8 miles View
B5284 Kendal bypass Storrs 6.1 miles View
B5285 Coniston Longtail 8.8 miles View
B5286 Hawkshead Clappersgate 3.6 miles View
B5287 Town End Fairy Glen 0.9 miles View
B5320 Waterfoot Eamont Bridge 4.9 miles View
B5343 Skelwith Bridge Middle Fell Farm, Rossett 5.0 miles View
B5360 Storrs (S) Blackwell 1.0 mile View
B6254 Carnforth Kendal 21.5 miles View
B6256 White Hall, Sedbergh Four Lane Ends 1.1 miles View
B6257 Bridge End, Sedbergh Grayrigg Common 4.6 miles View
B6258 Sedbergh Kirkby Stephen 11.7 miles View
B6259 Sandford Moorcock Inn, Garsdale 17.2 miles View
B6260 Tebay Appleby-in-Westmorland 11.9 miles View
B6261 Shap (S) Gaisgill 7.9 miles View
B6262 Lowther Bridge Lightwater Bridge 1.3 miles View
B6270 Downholme Nateby 26.6 miles View
B6276 Brough Middleton in Teesdale (S) 13.6 miles View
B6384 Milnthorpe Clawthorpe 3.4 miles View
B6385 Crooklands Milnthorpe 3.0 miles View
B6412 Temple Sowerby Lazonby 11.7 miles View
B6434 Stramongate Bridge Nether Bridge 0.1 miles View
B6446 Kirkby Lonsdale By Pass Main Street 0.5 miles View
B6542 Appleby in Westmorland (NW) Coupland 2.9 miles View
E05 Greenock Southampton 454 miles View
E104 Teesside Penrith 78 miles View
E31 London Glasgow 405 miles View
E33 London Glasgow 405 miles View
Furness Link Carnforth (M6) Grange-over-Sands View
Kendal Link Crooklands (M6) Levens View
M6 Catthorpe, Leicestershire Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire 236 miles View
T12 London Inverness View
T24 Penrith Middlesbrough View
T65 Adwick-le-Street Kendal View
T73 Levens Bridge Carlisle View 


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

SectionsA6/Kendal - Penrith • A6/Lancaster - Kendal
JunctionsCrooklands Interchange • Killington Interchange • Shap Interchange • Tebay Interchange
ServicesJ38 truckstop • Killington Lake services • Melkinthorpe services • Tebay services
RoadsA5074 • A5075 • A5284 • A590 • A591 • A592 • A593 • A6 • A6070 • A65 • A66 • A683 • A684 • A685 • B5277 • B5282 • B5284 • B5285 • B5286 • B5287 • B5320 (Lake District) • B5343 • B5360 • B6254 • B6256 • B6257 • B6258 (Sedbergh - Kirkby Stephen) • B6259 • B6260 • B6261 • B6262 • B6270 • B6276 • B6384 • B6385 • B6412 • B6434 (Kendal) • B6446 • B6542 • E05 • E104 (Teesside - Penrith) • E31 (via Carlisle) • E33 (London - Glasgow) • Furness Link • Kendal Link • M6 • T12 (Britain) • T24 (Britain) • T65 (Britain) • T73 (Britain)
PlacesAppleby-in-Westmorland • Brough • Kendal • Kirkby Lonsdale • Windermere
MiscellaneousCrossings in Westmorland • Cumbria Council • Junctions in Westmorland
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AA Box, Dunmail Raise - Geograph - 1830002.jpgAA phone box on A591 at Dunmail Raise - Geograph - 939593.jpgM6 Lune Valley - Coppermine - 23070.jpgWestmorland1200.pngWestmorland Flag.png
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