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Route 1 ( recommended route but not in icy conditions)
Leave the M6 at J36 follow signs for Lakes/ Windermere
Take exit off the A591 onto A590 following signs For Barrow. 3 Miles beyond Newby Bridge turn right onto the A5092. At Greenodd turn right onto the A595. Follow this road past Broughton in Furness then turn right at some traffic lights, just before the river Duddon. Follow this road to Ulpha, cross the river then take the next left, sign posted for Eskdale. Follow this road across Birker Moor, passing the King George IV pub on the left. Following this road into Eskdale Green. After Bower House take the left fork, at the end of this road turn right and the entrance to Irton Hall is on the left.
Route 2 (easy)
As above but stay on the A595 at the traffic lights. At Holmrook take a small lane to Irton.
Route 3 (hard not recommended in bad weather)
From M6 at J36 follow signs for Ambleside.
At Ambleside Turn left for Skelwith Bridge 1 mile after the bridge turn right down a small road for Little Langdale take the first left then follow the road towards Wrynose pass traverse the pass and descend to Cockley Beck.
Turn right and ascend Hardnott pass this drops steeply down into Eskdale. This route goes over the steepest passes in England!
Route 4 From Scotland and the North East
Leave the M6 at Carlisle follow signs for Cockermouth on the A595 then for Whitehaven, stay on the A595 until Holmrook, taking a small lane to Irton.