The 60 mile section of the M6 between Lancaster and Penrith was opened on 23 October 1970, making it 50 years old a few weeks ago. The double blue line that runs through Cumbria, skirting the Lake District, is familiar to millions of people who have no idea how slow and difficult the journey was previously on the old, mostly two-lane, A6.
The end result is one of the most beautiful motorway drives in the country.
|The carriageways take different routes as the M6 approaches Shap, its summit
|The Lune Gorge section where the M6 runs alongside the West Coast mainline and the River Lune
So "Penbloodh Lawen" M6 - that's Happy Birthday in the ancient Cumbric language.