Days Out

 A train arrives at Lancaster from Carlisle.  (JT)
If you are staying at places along the Cumbrian Coast Line, why not have a longer day out and visit some of the natural and historic and destinations a bit further afield? Some trains from the Cumbrian Coast Line also run on the neighbouring Furness line and connections can also be made at Barrow for trains going  to the historic city of Lancaster and on to Preston and Manchester. Connections can also be made at Lancaster to trains running northwards to Penrith, the historic city of Carlisle, and on to Edinburgh, Glasgow and south western Scotland. Alternatively, Passengers can travel up the Cumbrian Coast Line directly to Carlisle where you can make connections to the famous Settle & Carlisle Railway or travel along the Tyne Valley route towards Newcastle upon Tyne and close to Hadrian’s Wall, now a World Heritage Site.

If you prefer the stunning coastal scenery, there is no better route than doing a circular tour by rail along the Cumbrian Coast line to Carlisle, down the West Coast Main Line to Lancaster and then back along the Furness Line to Barrow and back to the Cumbrian Coast. The round trip can include Barrow in Furness, with its shopping, Dock Museum and nature reserves or Ravenglass for a connection to the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, Whitehaven, Maryport and Carlisle, plus Penrith on the main line, with its castle ruins standing beside the station.

Another day out can include taking the Furness line trains to Lancaster and then getting a train to the Lakes Line which runs from Oxenholme to Windermere via Kendal. This line also has stunning scenery, historic towns, a wide variety of attractions and plenty of walking routes. Have a look at for more details.

For a further excursion, take the train to Carnforth and change there for the Leeds - Morecambe services along The Bentham line to Skipton and the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. There are walks from the stations, historic attractions and typical dales scenery. The Bentham Line also connects with the Settle & Carlisle line  and so round trips are possible.

You could spend days along the Cumbrian Coast Line with its historic centres like Ravenglass, Whitehaven and Maryport. Along the Furness Line you could stop off for a cup of tea in the famous Brief Encounter station refreshment room at Carnforth or enjoy the Victorian elegance of Grange over Sands or Ulverston.

Have a look at the Northern Rail and First TransPennine Express websites for their Days Out tickets and special offers. Take advantage of the Day Ranger tickets and Duo tickets. You can also contact the excellent Tourist Information Centres at Barrow, Carlisle, Lancaster and Morecambe.

Click Here for Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Leaflet

Click Here for Cumbrian Coast Line – Great Day Out By Train Leaflet

Click Here for Get On Track Walks 2012

Click Here for The Walk4life website has a good number of walks that include railway station starts.




A Pendolino arriving at Carlisle station bound for Glasgow.   (JT)


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