Cars and Parking
From the South– Recommended, though longer route. Less scenic but faster (and less trying on those subject to travel sickness!) – continue on M6 to Penrith, then A66 to Cockermouth and A595 to Whitehaven. Follow local signs B5345 from there.
Alternate route from the South – M6 to junction 36 (South Lakes turn-off), A590 , A595 towards Whitehaven (Short-cut over Corney if adventurous – single track fell road) and then turn off at Egremont for St Bees. Avoid on Friday mid to late afternoon – a lot of works traffic heading home against you! Another alternative, but busy in summer, is via Kendal, Windermere and Keswick. which takes you through the Lakes. A twisty road in places.
From the East – A66 to Penrith, then A66 to Cockermouth and A595 to Whitehaven. Follow local signs from there.
From the North and North East – Head for Carlisle (A69 from Newcastle way, A74(M) from Glasgow direction or A7 from the Scottish Borders. Then take the A595 to Whitehaven. Follow local signs from there.
See the AA Route Planner for further help.