From the South - exit the M6 at junction 40 (Penrith), and take the A66 to
Cockermouth (30 miles). At the roundabout beside the Lakeland Sheep and Wool Centre, turn right
From the North - Follow the A595 from carlisle to Belle Vue Roundabout above Cockermouth. Take the turning to Cockermouth, following the road down into town, going over the river bridge and turning left at the mini roundabout towards a second mini roundabout by Wordsworth House. (25 miles)
Approximate journey times:
- From London 6 hrs.
- From Manchester 2 hrs.
- From Birmingham 3 hrs.
- From Glasgow 2.5 hrs.
- From Edinburgh 3 hrs.
- From Newcastle 2 hrs.
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The nearest railway stations for Cockermouth are Penrith and Carlisle - both on the West Coast main Line, from London, Birmingham, Manchester, through Preston and Lancaster, to Glasgow.
There are connecting buses from Penrith to Cockermouth - see By Bus below.
See National Rail for rail timetables.
A coach service runs daily from London Victoria, via Milton Keynes, Wigan, Preston, Lancaster and Kendal to Cockermouth, then on to Workington and Whitehaven (approx 9 hrs).
A coach service runs daily from Birmingham Digbeth, via Wigan, Preston, Lancaster and Kendal to Cockermouth, then on to Workington and Whitehaven (approx 6 hrs).
There are connecting services from Manchester to Preston. Many other routes can be used, changing at Birmingham.
Coaches travel from Edinburgh and Glasgow to Carlisle, from where you can get a bus to Cockermouth.
See National Express for timetables.
Check for excursions by coach to Cockermouth - the Town Council are members of The Coach Drivers Club of Great Britain.
Buses from Cockermouth :
See seperate page for details of bus routes passing through Cockermouth, from Penrith, Carlisle, Keswick, Newcastle, Whitehaven and Workington.
Main service is X4 and X5 - Workington to Penrith - via Cockermouth and Keswick. Ususally every hour.
The nearest airports are Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool, Blackpool and Newcastle. Manchester Airport has its own railway station, with direct services to the West Coast Main Line stations.
The following long distance cycle routes pass through Cockermouth :