Lake District flights

By David Atkinson, your Lake District expert

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Flying to Lake District

The Lake District is served by a number of UK airports – Manchester, Liverpool, Blackpool, Newcastle and Glasgow – all of which are less than a 90-minute drive from the Lakeland fells. From the airport, the M6 motorway will connect you to your final destination. Public transport is also a viable option, with regular bus and train services.

Coming from London, the key stops are at Oxenholme, Penrith and Carlisle on the West Coast Main Line served by Virgin Trains (www.virgintrains.co.uk); Carlisle's Citadel train station completed a £500,000 refurbishment this spring to welcome visitors to the northern Lakes.

See my Lake District car hire page for advice on car rental.

Travelling from Manchester Airport

Car/taxi: Manchester is the largest UK airport outside London and is about 130km from Kendal. It will take you around 90 minutes to get to Kendal by car, although you should give yourself extra time in case of traffic.

Public transport: A direct train service with First TransPennine Express (www.tpexpress.co.uk) runs from the airport to Windermere and Penrith via Oxenholme, plus other connections across the region.

National Express (www.nationalexpress.com) coaches also serve the area.

Travelling from Blackpool International Airport

Car/taxi: Blackpool Airport is the closest to the Lakes, at around 40 minutes’ drive from Cumbria and 87km from Kendal via the M55 and the M6.

Public transport: First TransPennine Express trains (www.tpexpress.co.uk) depart regularly from the Squires Gate Railway Station, five minutes’ walk from the airport, for direct services to Penrith, Oxenholme and across the region.

National Express (www.nationalexpress.com) coaches also serve the area.

Travelling from Glasgow Airport

Car/taxi: Glasgow Airport is around 170km, or two hours, driving to Carlisle via the M74 and the A74(M).

Public transport: Onward connections to the Lakes can be reached via Paisley Gilmour Street station, two miles from the airport. Regular bus services connect the two, as well as taxi services.

From Paisley you can travel to Glasgow Central station, where First TransPennine Express (www.tpexpress.co.uk) runs direct services to Carlisle, Penrith and Oxenholme, plus connections across the region.

National Express (www.nationalexpress.com) coaches also serve the area.

Travelling from Newcastle Airport

Car/taxi: Newcastle Airport is around 97km, a 90-minute drive, from Carlisle via the A69.

Public transport: The Metro system takes you from Newcastle Airport to Newcastle Central train station, from where Northern Rail (www.northernrail.org) runs regular services to Carlisle and Ulverston, plus connections across the region.

National Express (www.nationalexpress.com) coaches also serve the area.

Travelling from Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Car/taxi: Liverpool John Lennon Airport is around 142km, or one hour 40 minutes' drive, from Kendal, joining the M6 via the M57 and M58.

Public transport: You can take a bus or taxi from the airport to Liverpool Lime Street train station and the Norton St Coach Station for National Express coach connections (www.nationalexpress.com).

First TransPennine Express (www.tpexpress.co.uk) trains run from Lime Street via Manchester to Penrith and Carlisle, plus connections across the region from Oxenholme.

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