The Festival Town on the Edge of the Lake District
Situated in the South Lakes, Ulverston is well connected to the towns and cities of North West England and is just a stone’s throw from the Lakes. With good road and rail links, Ulverston is 20 minutes from Barrow-in-Furness by car and train, 40 minutes from Kendal, and Junction 36 on the M6, and 50 minutes from Lancaster by car (40 minutes by rail).
Ulverston by Road
Ulverston is situated 40 minutes (24 miles) from the M6 (Junction 36). The route to Ulverston follows the A590 towards Barrow-in-Furness, passing the Kendal turnoff and then past several smaller coastal towns and villages along the way, including Grange-over-Sands, Kents Bank and Cark in Cartmel. This route also takes you past the turnoff for Windermere and the Lake District, seven miles from Ulverston. As you reach Ulverston you will see the monument on Hoad Hill, a mile before the town.
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Ulverston by Rail
Ulverston has good rail links, with connections to the West Coast Main Line via both Carnforth and Lancaster. There are regular trains to and from Ulverston to Barrow-in-Furness, Lancaster and further connections to Preston and Manchester, including a direct route to Manchester Airport. Trains to Barrow-in-Furness link to the West Cumbria coastal train route to and from Carlisle via Whitehaven. See the National Rail Enquiries website for timetables.
Ulverston’s main bus service, the X6, runs every hour to Kendal and Barrow-in-Furness. There are also numerous other bus services, including services to the Lakes. See a full list of timetables on the Cumbria County Council website.
Car hire is available in the nearby towns of Barrow-in-Furness and Kendal.
Visit our Taxis page here for a list of Ulverston taxis and private hire.