A685 road

The A685 is a road in Cumbria, England, that runs 28 miles (45 km) from Kendal to Brough.

UK road A685

Major junctions
54°19′57″N 2°44′20″W / 54.3325°N 2.7388°W
54°31′28″N 2°19′08″W / 54.5244°N 2.3188°W
Road network


Cutting through Ash Fell Edge on A685
Looking Eastwards on the top and western edge of Ash Fell Edge with the new A685 cutting. The old road can be seen on the right.

The A685 begins in Kendal town centre off the A6. It heads in a north-easterly direction to the village of Tebay and junction 38 of the M6 motorway. From the M6 the A685 has primary status as it heads in an easterly and then north-easterly direction to the small town of Kirkby Stephen. It then has a very short dual carriageway section to aid overtaking, prior to meeting the A66 just outside the small town of Brough, where it terminates. From Newbiggin-on-Lune to Tebay the road follows the route of the former South Durham & Lancashire Union Railway.

The section from Tebay to Kirkby Stephen is banned to HGVs because of height and weight restrictions;[1] HGVs have to go up to Penrith and then come south on the A66.


  1. ^ "Northern Trans-Pennine Routes Strategic Study Stage 3 Report" (PDF). transportforthenorth.com. Department for Transport. p. 24. Retrieved 21 April 2017.

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Coordinates: 54°26′34″N 2°33′23″W / 54.4428°N 2.5564°W

Borrowdale, Westmorland

Borrowdale is a valley in the English Lake District. It is located in the old county of Westmorland, and is sometimes referred to as Westmorland Borrowdale in order to distinguish it from a more famous Borrowdale located in the traditional county of Cumberland.

The valley straddles the eastern border of the Lake District National Park, and is part of Cumbria.

The valley carries Borrow Beck for 11 kilometres (6.8 mi), from Borrowdale Hole, through Borrowdale Moss to End of Borrowdale, crossing the A6 road at High Borrow Bridge and reaching the River Lune at Low Borrow Bridge, site of a Roman fort, and where the original bridge has been supplemented by a new bridge for the A685 road, twin viaducts for the M6 motorway, and the West Coast Main Line railway.

The upper segment, above High Borrow Bridge, is very remote; the lower segment carries a bridleway along its length, and has easy parking at the eastern end just off the A685, but remains quiet even in the high season.

Grayrigg derailment

The Grayrigg derailment was a fatal railway accident that occurred at approximately 20:15 GMT on 23 February 2007, just to the south of Grayrigg, Cumbria, in the North West England region of the United Kingdom. The accident investigation concluded that the derailment was caused by a faulty set of points (number 2B) on the Down Main running line, controlled from Lambrigg ground frame. The scheduled inspection on 18 February 2007 had not taken place and the faults had gone undetected.


Kendal, once Kirkby in Kendal or Kirkby Kendal, is a market village and civil parish in the South Lakeland District of Cumbria, England. Historically in Westmorland, it lies some 8 miles (13 km) south-east of Windermere, 19 miles (31 km) north of Lancaster, 23 miles (37 km) north-east of Barrow-in-Furness and 38 miles (61 km) north-west of Skipton, in the valley (dale) of the River Kent, from which comes its name. The 2011 census counted a population of 28,586. making it the third largest settlement in Cumbria after Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness. Kendal today is known mainly as a centre for tourism, as the home of Kendal mint cake, and as a producer of pipe tobacco and tobacco snuff. Its buildings, mostly in the local grey limestone, have earned it the nickname "Auld Grey Town".

Kirkby Stephen railway station

Kirkby Stephen railway station serves the town of Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria, England. It is operated by Northern, which provides all passenger train services. It is 41 1⁄2 miles (67 km) south of Carlisle on the Settle-Carlisle Line.

The station was designed by the Midland Railway company architect John Holloway Sanders.The station is more than 1 1⁄4 miles (2 km) from the town (and over 150 feet (46 m) above it) at Midland Hill and was formerly known as Kirkby Stephen West because of the older Kirkby Stephen or Kirkby Stephen East station in the town, on the North Eastern Railway's Stainmore and Eden Valley lines. Its remote location was necessitated by the Midland Railway's desire to keep gradients on the line to no greater than 1 in 100 for fast running. Had it been any closer to the town, the climb up to the summit of the line at Ais Gill would have exceeded this limit considerably. The West station was closed (along with all other stations on the line except Settle and Appleby) in May 1970, but reopened by British Rail in July 1986.

The station is leased by the Settle and Carlisle Railway Trust, which comprehensively restored it in 2009. The main buildings on platform 1 now incorporate a caretaker's flat, offices, holiday accommodation and the Midland Room, opened in July 2011, which includes a cafe and exhibition of items related to the Settle and Carlisle railway. Platform 2 (northbound) has a stone shelter. The old goods shed to the south is now in private commercial use, goods facilities having been withdrawn here in 1964.

Step-free access to both platforms is available (ramps to platform 2 from the road below), along with a footbridge. No ticket machine is present, so passengers must buy in advance or from the conductor on the train. Buses to and from the town call close to the station entrance on the A685 road to Kendal.

Listed buildings in Kirkby Stephen

Kirkby Stephen is a civil parish in the Eden District, Cumbria, England. It contains 52 listed buildings that are recorded in the National Heritage List for England. Of these, one is listed at Grade II*, the middle of the three grades, and the others are at Grade II, the lowest grade. The parish contains the market town of Kirkby Stephen and the surrounding countryside. Most of the listed buildings are shops, houses, and associated structures in the town. The River Eden flows through the parish, and two bridges crossing it are listed. The other listed buildings include a church and a portico at the entrance to the churchyard, a former grammar school, a church hall, hotels, a barn, a former Temperance Hall, a bridge crossing a former railway, a war memorial, and a bank.


Sunbiggin is a hamlet in the Eden District, in the English county of Cumbria.

A roads in Zone 6 of the Great Britain road numbering scheme

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