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A591 road
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North end: Bothel
  A590 road
South end: Sedgwick
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The A591 is a major road in Cumbria, in the north-west of England. The stretch of the road between Windermere and Keswick has been voted Britain's Favourite Road.[1]


The road begins (at its southern end) 3.5 miles (5.6 km) north-west of junction 36 of the M6 motorway at Brettargh Holt roundabout with the A590 road (54°16′29″N 2°45′38″W / 54.2746°N 2.7605°W / 54.2746; -2.7605 (A591 road (southern end))), close to Sizergh Castle. It bypasses the town of Kendal as a dual carriageway, this £1.9m 3-mile (4.8 km) section opened on 29 August 1971. It becomes a busy single carriageway road as it enters the Lake District. It bypasses the town of Windermere, closely following the north-eastern bank of Lake Windermere. It then travels through the centre of Ambleside, follows the northern side of Rydal Water, passes White Moss Common, follows the eastern edge of Grasmere and passes the village of Grasmere. The road continues over Dunmail Raise and along the eastern edge of Thirlmere. Shortly afterwards it reaches the town of Keswick. It meets the A66 road at a roundabout before continuing in a roughly north-westerly direction, with fine views over Bassenthwaite Lake. The Bothel-to-Keswick section has many acute bends and is particularly narrow in places, leading to many accidents. The road terminates at the village of Bothel, on the A595 road (54°44′09″N 3°16′24″W / 54.7357°N 3.2733°W / 54.7357; -3.2733 (A591 road (northern end))).


External links

  • SABRE page on the A591

Coordinates: 54°29′38″N 3°02′19″W / 54.4939°N 3.0386°W / 54.4939; -3.0386 (A591 road)

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