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Travel by Train

Cumbria is a great place to travel around by train. The county has some of the most picturesque train routes in the UK. Sit back, relax and enjoy the view of the majestic Lake District mountains, then marvel at the beautiful wide expanse of sea as the train takes you along the beautiful coastal line, which crosses several estuaries and in parts travels as close to the coast as can be.

Check out our car-free itineraries with loads of inspiration for taking a holiday in the Lake District, Cumbria and leaving the car at home.

Train Routes into Cumbria

West Coast Main Line

The main North-South main line route between London & Glasgow travels the whole length of Cumbria and enables direct access from the North and South. Ideal hop off points with connecting lines are Carlisle station in the North of the county, Penrith for North Lakes, Oxenholme for South Lakes and Carnforth for the south coast of Cumbria.

Hadrian's Wall Country Line

Approaching Cumbria from Newcastle and the North East, this line arrives in the north of Cumbria at Carlisle station, where you can then get connecting routes tothe West of the county, Central Lakeland or Settle & Carlisle to the East of the county.

Settle to Carlisle Railway

This famous line runs from Leeds via Settle and through Cumbria's Eden Valley to Carlisle. Often described as one of the most picturesque stretches of railway in the UK.

Cumbrian Railway lines

The Lakes Line

This lovely short line takes you from the mainline station at Oxenholme, South Lakes, into the heart of the Lake District at Windermere, passing through the town of Kendal and villages of Burneside and Staveley.

The Furness Line

A real gem of a route - this line starts at Lancaster, and then through the famous railway town of Carnforth before quickly arriving in Cumbria, first travelling through the Arnside and Silverdale area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) before going over the first of several estuary viaducts at Arnside. It then continues along the estuary side, crossing further estuaries and passing through Grange-over-sands, Kents, Bank, Cark & Cartmel, the busy market town of Ulverston, Dalton and Barrow-in-Furness.

The Cumbrian Coast Line

This scenic railway line links Barrow-in-Furness in the South of the county with Carlisle in the North. Passing along the coast and through the western Lake District, this line includes superb coastal views with a backdrop of lakes and mountains.

Cumbria Train Routes

  Morecambe Bay and West Coast on All The Stations Documentary

Join Vicky and Geoff as they travel the Furnace Line and Cumbrian Coast Line as part of their 'All the Stations' documentary on YouTube. View the video below.

Northern Rail

You can leave the car at home and travel all around Cumbria by rail. From the high-speed London to Scotland West Coast Main line, you can hop off at Oxenholme onto a Northern service that takes you to the heart of the lakes at Windermere.

Northern Trains

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TransPennine Express

TransPennine Express run regular services to Carlisle, Penrith and Oxenholme, for the Lake District, from Manchester Airport, Manchester, Liverpool, Preston, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Travel on one of TransPennine Express’ new state of the art trains with loads more seats, bigger tables, more plug sockets, enhanced catering and complimentary Wi-Fi. Plus enjoy the onboard entertainment, Exstream, which allows you to watch Hollywood blockbusters, catch up TV, brilliant TV shows and more via the TransPennine Express app. Save over 50% on your train travel when you book in advance at

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Get on Board

Fancy a ride on a heritage railway that passes through some of the most beautiful scenery in Britain? Who wouldn't! Check out these great railway attractions that operate around the Lake District, Cumbria, and jump on board!
The Cumbria Coast Line

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