Getting there


Thinking of heading to Scafell Pike? On this page you will find information on how to get there by car from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Carlisle and Glasgow. Also find information on how to get to the Lake District by train, and where the closest airports are located.

BY CAR

From London (318 miles)

All being well with the traffic, Scafell Pike is about 6.5 hours from London.

Starting from the M1 near Staples Corner, take the motorway northbound following signs for The North and Watford. Follow the M1 until Junction 19, when you should head onto the M6 northbound following signs for The North West and Birmingham. You may wish either to use the M42 or the M6 Toll at Birmingham – see local information for more details – but once past Birmingham, you should continue northbound on the M6 all the way past Burton-on-Kendal, leaving the motorway at Junction 36.

Then follow the A590 in the direction of Barrow-in-Furness, then the A5092 and A595 following signs for Workington. Keep going until you see a road pointing off to the right, signposted for Wasdale Head. Follow local minor roads for another 10 miles to arrive at Wasdale Head, the usual starting point for an ascent of Scafell Pike.

From Manchester (129 miles)

In light traffic, this journey should take you around 3 hours and 10 minutes.

Head out of Manchester for the M60, and then the M61 following signs for Preston. After about 26 miles you will come upon the M6, joining that motorway northbound, and then join the route described above from London.

From Birmingham (204 miles)

Assuming light traffic, the journey from Birmingham to Scafell Pike usually takes around 4 hours and 20 minutes.

Take the A38(M) in the direction of Sutton Coldfield, then join the M6 northbound in the direction of The North West. This joins the route described above from London, and can be followed all the way to Wasdale Head, at the bottom of Scafell Pike.

From Newcastle (117 miles)

A journey time of about 3 hours 15 minutes usually stands between Newcastle and Scafell Pike in normal traffic.

Take the A69 westbound out of Newcastle, following signs for Hexham, and later following signs for Carlisle. This road should be followed all the way until the intersection with the A7 – you then want to take the A7 heading towards The North A74, and then at Hardwicke Circus Roundabout, take the A595 signposted for Workington. After about 25 miles you will come to a roundabout with the A66, go onto the A66 following signs for Workington and Whitehaven, and then about 4 miles on take the roundabout cut-off onto the A595 signposted for Whitehaven and Barrow-in-Furness. This road should be followed until around mile 104, when you will see a sign pointing off for Gosforth – take that road, then follow signs for Wasdale Head, taking you to the base of Scafell Pike.

From Carlisle (59 miles)

In light traffic, the journey from Carlisle to Scafell Pike takes about 1 hour and 48 minutes, despite only being 59 miles away.



Take the A595 signposted for Workington, then the A66 signposted for Workington, and then again the A595 signposted for Whitehaven and Barrow-in-Furness. You can then join the route described above from Newcastle.

From Glasgow (154 miles)

Glasgow is about 3 hours and 25 minutes from Scafell Pike in light traffic.

Take the M74 signposted for The South and Carlisle, and then the A74(M) signposted for the same. This later becomes the M6, and you cross the border with England at about mile 86. At Junction 44, leave the M6 behind and follow the A7 in the direction of Carlisle. At Hardwicke Circus Roundabout, take the A595 signposted for Workington, and join the route described above from Carlisle.

BY TRAIN

If travelling to the Lake District by train, you will have to arrange further local transport in the direction of Scafell Pike. The closest train stations on the West Coast Mainline, which has connections with Glasgow Central, Manchester Piccadilly and London Euston, are to be found at Oxenholme Lake District and Penrith.

A branch line runs from Oxenholme Lake District to Kendal and Windermere, while a loop line runs from Carlisle to near Oxenholme Lake District, via Workington, Whitehaven, Millom and Barrow-in-Furness.



BY AIR

Manchester Airport is 136 miles from Scafell Pike by road. This is one of the largest airports in the UK, with numerous domestic UK connections, as well as flights throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East.

Newcastle Airport is a mid-sized airport 118 miles from Scafell Pike by road. It has domestic UK connections, and flights to Europe and Mediterranean destinations.

Prestwick Airport is 169 miles from Scafell Pike by road. Its connections are primarily with European destinations, though it has a couple of UK domestic connections too.

Glasgow Airport is 161 miles from Scafell Pike by road. The Airport has a number of UK domestic connections, as well as flights to Europe, Asia and North America.

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