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A train journey from Lancaster to Carlisle via Grange over Sands Barrow in Furness Millom Whitehaven and Workington along the Cumbrian Coast.

This a wonderful journey through a totally unspoilt and unknown corner of England with beautiful scenery of mountains and sea and with some surprises sit back and enjoy the ride
This journey can be made in just under 4 hours by staying on 1 through train but not all trains are through and require a change at Barrow and to be honest spending time and some of the places on route to my mind is a must
Operator Northern Rail
Timetable download pdf format

Download the Northern Rail Preston Lancaster Carnforth Silverdale Arnside Grange over sands Ulverston Barrow in Furness Millom Ravenglass Seascale Sellafield St Bees Whitehaven Workington Aspartia Wigton Carlisle timetable train times

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First Transpennine Express also run between Lancaster and Barrow in Furness

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Manchester Piccadilly  Manchester Oxford Road Bolton Chorley Preston Lancaster Carnforth Silverdale Arnside Grange-over-Sands Kents Bank Cark & Cartmel Ulverston Dalton Roose Barrow In Furness timetable train times

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For the serious traveler the journey from Lancaster to Carlisle takes just under 1 hour by using the modern high speed west coast mainline over Shap for more on this route see my

A train ride from Carlisle to Preston

train ride from Carlisle to Preston
page this page also covers the first few minutes of our journey as far as Carnforth before we Head off to Barrow in Furness. To experience been on a flyer (non stop) train passing through Lancaster taken off a London Euston to Glasgow Central Express
click here
there are not to many of these each day

Trains at Lancaster.

Lancaster the start of our journey. The train on the left is the train we will be taking to Barrow in Furness. The train on the right bound for Edinburgh will be in Carlisle in about 1 hour. A through train using our route via the coast would take just under 4 hours to reach Carlisle

Lune Estuary.

As we Head north out of Lancaster we Cross the Lune Estuary.

North of Lancaster

North of Lancaster at this point the line to Morcambe and Heysham sea terminal goes off to the left.

Midland rails to Heysham south of Carnforth.

And shortly afterwards Another line goes off to the left Heading in a southerly direction this joins the line to Morcambe and Heysham allowing access to trains that have come from or passed through Carnforth without having to do a reversal manover in Lancaster.
This bit of track was once the Midland Railway Company's main route from London St Pancras to Ireland via Heysham Sea Terminal.
To see a bit more about the Midland railway see my
train ride from Leeds to Carlisle
and my
train ride from Sheffield to Leeds

Hest Bank.

Passing Hest Bank at this point we are still where the sea in Morecambe bay can be seen. At this point we are on th's West Coast Mainline that runs from London Euston to Glasgow but despite it's name this is the only bit of this line that is on the coast blink and you will miss it.
On our journey today we will be seeing much more of the coast.

South of Carnforth

Between Hest Bank and Carnforth.

Steamtown Carnforth

First view of Steamtown at Carnforth where you can see the trains of yesteryear
For more info on this visit
Carnforth station website

Carnforth Station

Carnforth Station where the 1945 film brief encounter was filmed.

To see a train ride heading north through the diissused platforms at Carnforth taken off a Manchester to Edinburgh train
click here

More of Steamtown

As we leave Carnforth we can sea more of Steamtown

The edge of Morecambe Bay.

As we Head away from Carnforth we travel round the edge of Morcambe Bay.

Approaching Silverdale

Approaching Silverdale

Level Crossing

A level crossing just before Silverdale.

Silverdale station

Silverdale Station

Between Silverdale and Arnside.

Between Silverdale and Arnside

Approaching Arnside

Approaching Arnside

Arnside Station.

Arnside station

Arnside Viaduct

Just going onto the Arnside viaduct. The Arnside viaduct crosses the Estuary of the river Kent

Crossing the Arnside viaduct.

Crossing the Arnside viaduct. The tides here are very fast moving and incredibly dangerous for anyone on the sands.
To see the river Kent in Kendal see my
bus ride from Kendal to Keswick

Skirting the edge of Morecambe bay.

Skirting the Edge of Morcambe bay.

Nearing Grange Over Sands.

Nearing Grange Over Sands

Grange Over Sands Station

Grange Over Sands. The station is right next to the sea and reminds me of Dawlish in Devon. With the arrival of the railway Grange Over Sands became a popular holiday resort with the Victorians.
One interesting point about it's name is the 'over-Sands' suffix was added in the late 19th or early 20th centuries by the local vicar who was fed up with his post going to Grange in Borrowdale.
To see some pictures of Borrowdale see my
journey from Sheffield to Sheffield via the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District Day 2 Tan Hill to Buttermere

To see a train ride from Carnforth to Grange Over Sands.
click here

Between Grange Over Sands and Kent's Bank still Skirting Morcambe bay. The next stop of which I have no picture is of interest because this is where the Queens guide of Morecambe bay still lives to this day.

Between Grange Over Sands and Kent's Bank still Skirting Morcambe bay. The next stop of which I have no picture, Kents Bank is of interest because this is where the Queens guide of Morecambe bay still resides to this day.
The Queen's Guide to the Sands is the royally appointed guide to crossing the sands of Morecambe Bay, an ancient and potentially dangerous tidal crossing in northwest England. As of 2011, the Guide is Cedric Robinson MBE, who became the 25th guide in 1963. The post is unpaid but the Guide has the use of the 700-year-old Guide's Cottage at Kents Bank, which is owned by the Crown and managed by the Duchy of Lancaster. The first official guide was appointed by the Duchy of Lancaster on 29 January 1548, a Thomas Hogeson. Until the building of the railway in 1857, the cross sands route had been a major transport route in the area, with Guides appointed royally since the 16th century. Before that, the monks of Furness at Cartmel Priory had provided guides for crossing the sands. In modern times a crossing of the sands has become a popular challenge walk for charity fundraisers, with Cedric often leading groups of up to 500 people. These walks are typically once a fortnight (from spring to autumn), from either Hest Bank or Arnsideover to Flookburgh Point or Kents Bank tide and river levels (the River Kent has to be crossed at some point) allowing and are often in support of a charity.

Morecambe Bay.

Morecambe bay between Kent's Bank and Cark

Crossing the river Leven between Cark and Ulverston

Crossing the River Leven on the Leven viaduct between Cark and Ulverston.

Ulverston station

Ulverston. In days gone by this is where the branch line to Lakeside at the south End of Lake Windermere started. From Lakeside passengers could catch the boat to Bowness and Ambleside. The branch was closed in 1965 but the northerly section between Lakeside and Haverthwaite was reopened as a prserved railway some years later and the trains on the preserved railway still connect with the boat on Lake Windermere
See my
cruise on Lake Windermere Part 2
page. Unfortunately the line is still closed between Ulverston and Haverthwaite


After Ulverston we lose the sea for a while Dalton the next stop

Grange Junction Dalton Cumbria.

Just after Dalton there is Grange Junction where the line that can be seen in this shot leaves the line to Barrow in Furness and travels a short distance to Thwaite flat Junction where it joins the Cumbrian Coast line to Carlisle the line we will be using shortly. This line basically avoids Barrow in Furness and is a shortcut to the north it is now only used by freight trains carrying nuclear waste to the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant we will be passing this later. We carry on for a short distance further into Barrow.

Between Dalton and Roose

Between Dalton and Roose on the outskirts of Barrow in Furness.

Roose the last stop before Barrow in Furness

Roose the last stop before Barrow in Furness

Ship at Barrow in Furness.

Barrow in Furness is a port it is also where the Trident nuclear submarines were built for the Royal Navy in this shot a ship can be seen as we approach Barrow

Barrow in Furness railway station

Barrow in Furness station looking back towards Lancaster. I caught a train that terminated at Barrow and had to catch another train to continue to Carlisle but there are some through trains from Lancaster to Carlisle via the coast if you dont want to change see timetable for details. Barrow does boast some through trains to Manchester.

A shopping street in Barrow in Furness.

I took advantage of the time I had here and went for a walk the town certainly has a unique feel. This is a shot of one of the main shopping streets in the town.

Barrow in Furness town hall

Barrow in Furness town hall

Front of Barrow in Furness railway Station

Back at the Station for my journey on towards Carlisle.

Looking in the direction of Carlisle from Barrow station note the semaphore signals still in use in 2013 definitely tried and tested

Looking in the direction of Carlisle from Barrow station note the semaphore signals still in use in 2013 definitely tried and tested

Awaiting departure up the Cumbrian Coast from Barrow

Back on the train awaiting departure note the palm tree this is Barrow not Bali.

North of Barrow

After Leaving Barrow the scenery starts to get more and more impresive at this point we will have passed Thwaite Flat Junction where the line that left us at Grange Junction near Dalton will have rejoined us.

Flooded field

A flooded field between Barrow and Askam

Askham Station

First stop Askam station

Semaphore Signal.

Just north of Askam note the semaphore signal

The hills on the inland side of the train between Askham and Kirby in Furness

The hills on the inland side of the train between Askham and Kirby in furness

Approaching the Duddon Estuary

Approaching the Duddon Estuary

The Duddon Estuary

Running alongside the Duddon Estuary

Kirby in Furness.

Kirby in Furness the second stop. The snowcapped mountains of the Lake District can be seen in this shot. This is the first of some request stops along the line. The guard will ask you where you are traveling to if there is no one traveling to a request stop and no one waiting for it on the platform the train will not stop.

North of Kirby in Furness

Between Kirby in Furness and Foxfield. Foxfield is another request stop the train I was on did not stop. Foxfield was once an important Junction where you could catch a train to Coniston.

Duddon Sands.

After Foxfield we Cross the Duddon Estuary on the Foxfield Viaduct (Duddon Viaduct) In this shot the estuary can be seen on the north side of the train with the backdrop of the Lake District just before we make the crossing

Crossing the River Duddon.

Crossing the River Duddon we the start to head south down the opposite side of the estuary for a short distance. The estuary is still part of Morecambe bay. We Pass through another request stop Green Lane again the train I was on did not stop there before arriving at Millom.

Heading towards Millom

Heading towards Millom

Millom station


Coastal scenery Millom Cumbria

After passing Millom we have coastal landscape on the left hand side of the train.

Train Lakeside scenery

And Lakeland scenery on the right

Classic Lakeland scenery

Classic Lakeland scenery take away the train window we could be at Buttermere

Bootle Cumbria not Merseyside

After Millom we passed through Silecroft another request stop the train did not stop at but after that we did stop at Bottle which is a request stop

Approaching Ravenglass

Approaching Ravenglass. Ravenglass is located at the estuary of three rivers: the Esk, Mite and Irt. We are now running alongside side the estuary

Ravenglass Station

Ravenglass station

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Ravenglass is the starting point for the Ravenglass and Eskdale narrow gauge railway. In this shot a carriage and the station can be seen. Ideally situated next to the network rail station. The line runs up the beautiful Eskdale to Dalegarth for Boot at the foot of Scafell Pike England's highest mountain it is commonly used by walkers he as heading for the summit of Scafell. It is very popular with tourists.
For more information visit the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Ravenglass was a port in Roman times and was part of the supply line for Hadrian's wall. You can visit a Roman bath house here.

Scafell from a train

As we leave Ravenglass the mountains we can see on the right hand side of the train will include Scafell.

North of Ravenglass

Between Ravenglass and Seascale

Seascale station

I take the unusual step of alighting from the train at Seascale. This is a request stop and you will have to inform the guard if you wish to alight. In this shot the train can be seen departing for Carlisle Leaving Seascale in peace for Another hour and a bit till the next one.
Seascale is a very small seaside town with just a few shops some old Victorian buildings that look like hotels some may still be a car park, playground and picnic area but not an amusement arcade in sight. It is incredibly peaceful with a lovely unspoilt beach. The population seem to live on the land side of the railway. This place has to be seen to be believed and is well worth a visit.

The Irish Sea from Seascale

Looking out over the Irish Sea from Seascale station. From here the Isle of Man can be seen in the distance it is hard to see in this picture so I have marked it in the picture below

Isle of Man as seen from Seascale

You can just see it in the green box (or maybe not but that's where it is on my original) in real life it is much easier to see.

Seascale from the the Station

Seascale from the station

The main street in Seascale

The main street in Seascale.

Unspoilt beach

An unspoilt deserted beach at Seascale

Seascale Cumbria from the beach

Looking back at Seascale from the beach. The snow covered mountains including Scafell can be seen in the background

The Hardknott and Wrynose pass Britain's steepest road also crosses these mountains see my
car ride over the Hardknott and Wrynose pass

Looking out to Sea

Looking out to sea at this point I was almost stood in the sea.

Looking South from Seascale

Looking south down the beach

St Bees Head from Seascale and Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant.

Looking up to St Bee's Head.

Also in this shot the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant can be seen this is a very controversial place. I suspect it has kept the Cumbrian coast unspoilt because of some people's fear of radiation they are frightened to visit the area thus keeping the area quieter. I don't let it worry me I've been here loads of times and never gone green. Perhaps if the plant was not here this area would get a lot more tourists been on the edge of England's crowning glory the Lake District who knows. In fairness the plant employs a lot of local people and probably gives them a much better and steady income than they could ever earn in the tourist industry. It also helps the Cumbrian Coast remain one of England's best kept secrets.

Memorial to the victims of the West Cumbria shootings on the 2nd June 2010.

There is also a reminder at Seascale that even here terrible things can still happen. This is a memorial to the victims of the West Cumbria Shootings that took place on the 2nd of June 2010. On that day the area shot to fame for all the wrong reasons. A taxi driver Derrick Bird from Whitehaven just up the line Shot dead 12 people and injured 11 more in an area stretching from Whitehaven to here one person was shot dead in Seascale. He then went onto to take his own life near Boot in Eskdale. This shows nowhere is immune to to some of the awful things that take place nowadays. Thankfully peace has now returned.

Looking south Seascale station

Back at the station waiting for the train on to Carlisle. If you ever get the chance visit Seascale bring a picnic sit in the picnic area and look across at the Isle of Man, if you are in a car after this drive up Wasdale past Wast Water England's deepest lake to Wasdale Head at the foot of Scafell England's highest mountain all within 20 to 30 minutes drive of Seascale.
This area is totally unique an unspoilt corner of England.

North of Seascale.

Back on the train heading away from Seascale

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             Arriving at Sellafield

Arriving at Sellafield


As we pull into Sellafield station there are hoarded of people on the platform this is shift change. The train has a standing load and the feel of a London tube train not a rural line in Cumbria it is good to see so many people using this railway.

Seafront Properties.

As we Head up the coast there are a large number of properties almost on the beach this must be a fantastic place to live.

St Bee's Head Cumbria

After passing through to request stops Braystone and Nethertown we get a good view of St Bee's Head, The Beach under St Bee's Head is the start of Alfred Wainwrights coast to coast walk from the Irish sea to the North Sea at Robin Hoods Bay in North Yorkshire. To see Robin Hoods Bay and the end of the walk see my
journey along the Yorkshire coast from Scarborough to Whitby

St Bee's station.

St Bee's

St Bee's Priory

St Bee's Priory

Between St Bee's and Corkickle

Between St Bee's and Corkickle

Whitehaven station

After stopping at Corkickle another request stop we arrive at Whitehaven.

Between Whitehaven and Parton

Between Whitehaven and Parton we are now running alongside the Railway Firth and the Hills of South West Scotland can be seen in the distance.

Parton Station


On the coast between Parton and Harrington

Between Parton and Harrington

Harrington Harbour

In this shot you can just make out Harrington harbour as we approach the station

Harrington Cumbria


Between Harrington and Workington.

Between Harrington and Workington

Workington signal box.

Workington signal box

Workington station

Workington station, since leaving Sellafield the train has been full and even though Sellafield workers have been steadily Leaving the train as we head north other passengers have been joining particularly at Workington and the train remained busy all the way to Carlisle. When I boarded at Seascale there was barely a soul on the train

Between Workington and Flimby

Between Workington and Flimby. The hills of South West Scotland becoming ever clearer

Between Flimby and Maryport

Between Flimby and Maryport. Shortly after this point we have our last view of the sea before arriving at Maryport

Maryport station


Between Maryport and Aspartria

Between Maryport and Aspartria

Aspartria station


Between Aspartria and Wigton

Between Aspartria and Wigton

Wigton Station


Between Wigton and Dalston

Between Wigton and Dalston. Dalston is the last stop before Carlisle

Virgin Voyger at Carlisle.

Carlisle. The train in this shot is bound for Birmingham New St and will stop at Lancaster on the way, it will be using the West coast mainline over Shap and will take 50 minutes to get to Lancaster. Although I got on it at Seascale the train I arrived at Carlisle on was a through train from Lancaster and had taken 3 hours and 49 minutes to make the journey via the coast.

Also see my
train ride from Leeds to Carlisle

also my
bus ride from Carlisle to Newcastle


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