Location of Rock How

54.389169, -3.326958

Directions

The postcode for Rock How is: CA19 1TL

From the South

  • Leave the M6 motorway at junction 36 for Kendal/Lakes.
  • Follow signs to Barrow (A590).
  • Turn right to Workington (A5092) 3 miles beyond Newby Bridge and follow this road to Broughton-in-Furness (10 miles).
  • Turn right to Ulpha before the River Duddon (3/4 mile beyond Broughton).
  • After 4 miles turn left in Ulpha village to the steep hill signed Eskdale.
  • Follow the fell road to Eskdale (6 miles).
  • Keep going past the George IV pub, over the ratty bridge and into the centre of the village.
  • You will pass St Bega's church on your left, then the village shop on your right. After the village shop, the road goes down a hill.
  • Halfway down the hill, on the first bend, the entrance to Rock How is on your right (after a cottage with a white porch called Rose Cottage). However, it is hard to turn into the cottage from this direction so it is best to go to the bottom of the hill and turn round at the junction for the ratty station and come back up the hill.
  • There is parking for 2 cars - please note that the driveway is short but quite steep.
  • The driveway is not recommended for low slung cars. There are additional (free) car parking facilities in the village 2 minutes walk away.


Please note: if you have satellite navigation, the recommended route often appears to be over Wrynose and Hardknott passes which can be very lovely but are incredibly steep (England's steepest road with gradients of up to one in three), windy and narrow. Following this route is shorter in distance but certainly not quicker than the directions shown above.

From the North

  • Leave the M6 at Carlisle (junction 44) and follow the A595 (signed Barrow).
  • Turn off at Gosforth and follow the road (6 miles) to Eskdale.
  • Go past the right hand turn off for Irton Road Station.
  • The road goes up a hill and Rock How is on your left on a bend.
  • There is parking for 2 cars - please note that the driveway is short but quite steep.
  • The driveway is not recommended for low slung cars. There are additional (free) car parking facilities in the village 2 minutes walk away.