Quietest route Edinburgh to Lancaster

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GeorgeDR
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Quietest route Edinburgh to Lancaster

Postby GeorgeDR » 7 Feb 2013, 2:06pm

Hi-I have never really toured before. To get a taste for it, I am planning on visiting friends in Lancaster. I live in Edinburgh. I intend doing this over 2 days.My plan so far is to cycle to Innerleithen then take the B709 to Langholm. I have done this before with no problems. However, the route from Lanholm to Carlisle then Penrith then Lancaster is a bit of an unknown for me. The direct route appears to be the A7 Langholm to Carlisle then the A6 to Penrith and then Lancaster.
Does anyone have suggestions for the section from Langholm to Lancaster? The A7/A6 looks pretty direct, but are these roads just too busy? Are there quieter routes I could use?
My plan is to break the journey at either Carlisle or Penrith. Any suggestions for good bike friendly B&Bs?

many thanks

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Re: Quietest route Edinburgh to Lancaster

Postby geocycle » 7 Feb 2013, 4:00pm

The A6 is generally fine as most of the heavy traffic uses the M6. It is not the quietest route but for that sort of distance over 2 days is probably the best bet.

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Re: Quietest route Edinburgh to Lancaster

Postby Tigerbiten » 7 Feb 2013, 4:09pm

The A6 between Carlise and Kendal isn't that bad to cycle as most of the heavy stuff takes the M6.
But I'm not so sure about the A7.
One trick is to aim more towards Brampton before swinging back towards the A6 to go over shap to Kendal.
After Kendal it's the A65 - A6070 - A6 to Lancaster for the same reason.

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Re: Quietest route Edinburgh to Lancaster

Postby Dean » 7 Feb 2013, 4:25pm

This is the route I use Carlisle-Penrith. Getting out of Carlisle is a bit tricky, but it's a pretty good route, avoiding the A6 apart from the last bit into Penrith. In reality the A^ isn;t that bad, but this road's much quieter.

Have you considered the service road alongside the A74 from Gretna to Carlisle?

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Re: Quietest route Edinburgh to Lancaster

Postby Tigerbiten » 7 Feb 2013, 8:30pm

GeorgeDR wrote: My plan is to break the journey at either Carlisle or Penrith. Any suggestions for good bike friendly B&Bs?

many thanks

There a Travel Lodge in the middle of both Carlise and Penrith plus one more half way between.
You should get a night in one of them for just under £30.

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Re: Quietest route Edinburgh to Lancaster

Postby mcslaski » 7 Feb 2013, 8:42pm

Hi, I live in Lancaster and from shap to Lancaster I wouldn't take the a6. There is a much quieter road which comes down the valley from Tebay towards Sedbergh, and past killington, then kirby Lonsdale, through Arkholme and into Lancaster. Stop at Cream 17 in shap for tea and cakes! Bootiful! :P

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Re: Quietest route Edinburgh to Lancaster

Postby geocycle » 7 Feb 2013, 9:31pm

mcslaski wrote:Hi, I live in Lancaster and from shap to Lancaster I wouldn't take the a6. There is a much quieter road which comes down the valley from Tebay towards Sedbergh, and past killington, then kirby Lonsdale, through Arkholme and into Lancaster. Stop at Cream 17 in shap for tea and cakes! Bootiful! :P

That's a nice route. I would have recommended something similar using the NCN between Penrith and Kendal but the daily mileage suggests something more direct.

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Re: Quietest route Edinburgh to Lancaster

Postby GeorgeDR » 8 Feb 2013, 4:06pm

many thanks for all the suggestions-time to get the map out and start planning!

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Re: Quietest route Edinburgh to Lancaster

Postby kennycr » 15 Feb 2013, 7:30pm

Take the A70 to Carnwath, head for Biggar, Moffat, Lockerbie then Carlisle and follow the A6.

Did it in reverse on my 2011 LEJoG and it was pretty quiet.