New homes in Cumbria
Make the Move
One of England’s largest and most northerly counties, Cumbria has lovely countryside with lakes, mountains and coastline. The county is home to just one city, Carlisle, while Barrow-in-Furness is the largest town. Smaller towns and villages populate the rest of the county, making new homes in Cumbria popular for their peaceful nature.
Cumbria is served by one motorway, the M6, which runs north to south. The A595 runs along the coast, while the A66, A591 and A590 provide routes through the Lake District National Park and its surrounding areas.
A trip between the county’s largest settlements - Barrow-in-Furness and Carlisle - takes an hour and 40 minutes by car or two hours and 30 minutes by train. The Northern line train service runs along the coast taking in a total of 23 stops along the way, and the West Coast Main Line connects the county to major cities to the north and south.
Cumbria’s most well-connected train station is Carlisle which connects to London Euston with Virgin Trains in three hours and 25 minutes. Carlisle to Manchester Piccadilly takes two hours with the Transpennine service, while travel north to Edinburgh takes an hour and 20 minutes by train or two hours by car.
For the south of Cumbria, the nearest international airports are at Manchester (one hour and 48 minutes), Liverpool John Lennon (one hour and 55 minutes) and Blackpool (one hour and 26 minutes). The north is best served by Newcastle (one hour and 33 minutes) and Glasgow airports (two hours and two minutes).
Places of interest
Cumbria is filled with places of beauty, from the Lake District National Park, which attracts almost 16 million visitors every year, to the West Cumbria coastline. The county’s most popular outdoor attractions include Windermere - the largest natural lake in England - and Bassenthwaite Lake, which is popular for sailing. Derwentwater is just a 10 minute walk from the town of Keswick.
While the area is famed for its lakes, Cumbria also has some of Britain’s most impressive mountains. Scafell Pike in the southern fells is the largest mountain in England, standing at 3,209 feet above sea level. Helvellyn, the third highest mountain in Cumbria, has glacial scenery and offers popular winter climbing routes.
Historic sites in Cumbria include Wray Castle, Carlisle Castle, Muncaster Castle, Furness Abbey and Hadrian’s Wall; which stretches from Newcastle through Carlisle and to the west coast.
Family attractions include Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, a narrow gauge railway line running along the coast, and South Lakes Safari Zoo near Dalton-in-Furness. The World of Beatrix Potter recreates classic tales near Bowness-on-Windermere.
The University of Cumbria has three campuses in Ambleside, Carlisle and Lancaster. Founded in 2007, it is one of the UK’s newest universities.