Sign at the start of the A6 in CarlisleRoute of the A6

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What route does the A6 take? This is one road which has over the years had a number of changes forced upon it by modernisation and motorways however it has always linked the following Cities and Towns:-


There have been a number of bypasses and route changes forced on the A6 other the years we will look at these in more detail as we follow the route of the A6 in detail from Carlisle

Shap summit in  Cumbria the highest point on the A6In Cumbria:- Carlisle, Penrith, Kendal, the A6 leaves the historical city of Carlisle going south east, taking a line parallel to the River Eden along an old Roman Road, it enters the market town of Penrith before climbing onto the fells to reach Shap summit the highest point on the A6, it then descends picking up the Kent Valley at the market town of Kendal. From Kendal it no follows the A591 and A590 before coming back onto the original A6 before crossing the county boundary about 3 miles south of Milnthorpe. Lancaster a historic city on the A6 in LancashireIn Lancashire:- Carnforth, Lancaster, Garstang, Preston, Chorley, from the county boundary the A6 continues south to the former railway town of Carnforth, it then follows through two large villages before entering the historic city of Lancaster. It continues almost direct southward eventually skirting the market town of Garstang, before resuming its southward course though several villages into the industrial city of Preston. It then turns south east through the industrial town of Chorley before crossing the county boundary near Adlington.
Manchester in  now the largest city on the A6In Greater Manchester:- Walkden, Swinton, Salford, Manchester, Stockport, the A6 continues south east skirting the industrial town of Westhoughton before passing through two industrial towns of Walkden and Swinton. It then enters the industrial city of Salford before entering the large industrial and commercial city of Manchester the regional capital, it continues south eastward, passing trough the industrial town of Stockport before crossing the county boundary just after Hazel Grove. In Cheshire the A6 enters Cheshire for about 3 miles, climbing all the time through the small town of Disley before crossing the county boundary.

Derbyshire:- Buxton, Matlock, Belper, Derby, the A6 continues climbing the pennine's on a south easterly course passing through several villages and a summit at Dove Holes before descending into the spa town of Buxton. It then turns eastward following the River Goyt then climbing to a summit before entering the market town of Bakewell. it then turns south easterly along the wye and derwent valleys passing trough the tourist centre's of Maltlock and Matlock Bath before turning southward through the market town of Belper then on to the industrial city of Derby. It again heads south eastward to cross to county boundary near Shardwell.

Leicester the main city of LeicestershireLeicestershire:- Loughborough, Leicester, Market Harborough, the A6 continues south easterly through the market towns of Kegworth and Loughborough before turning southward into the industrial and commercial city of Leicester. It again turns south eastward through the town of Market Harborough before crossing the county boundary.

Northamptonshire, Kettering, the A6 continues south eastward through several villages before entering the market town of Kettering. it continues southward before crossing the county boundary just after Bozeat.

Bedfordshire:- Bedford, Luton. The road continues southward through the historic town of Bedford before passing the several villages before entering the large industrial town of Luton where in modern times the A6 finishes.

Prior to renumbering in the 1970's it ran from Luton to Harpenden, St Albans & South Mimms.


London where the A6 originally statredAnother renumbering happened in the 1940's shortly after World War 2. In the 1920's a new Barnet Bypass had been built, in the 1940's this had became the A1 as a result the last section of the A6 from South Mimms to Barnet was now in zone 1 so the A6 was cut back out of London to South Mimms.