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Killington Lake services

Killington Lake
Facilities | Rating | ReviewsKillington Lake
Road:M6 southbound between J36 and J37

Address:Road Chef Motorways Ltd
Telephone number:015396 20739
Signposted from the road?As McDonald's/Costa
(rebuilt 1985)
Previous operators:BP
Grid reference:SD587911
Services type:Single site located between junctions on one side of the motorway.
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A popular service area on the M6 southbound in the Lake District, Killington is best known for its associations with the Killington Reservoir. Northbound traffic should use Moto's Burton-in-Kendal.


Restaurants: Costa, McDonald's, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Jackpot £500, Meeting Room, Picnic Area, Showers Motel: Days Innbook Forecourt: BP, BP Connect, Wild Bean Café, AdBlue Containers

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £19, or £21 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices can be paid using the pay and display machines in each parking area or in the shop or restaurant. The location code is 5276.

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Trivia and History

A McDonalds outlet opened here in March 2014 replacing the former The Burger Company and Restbite outlets.

Building and Site Design

The view from the back of the services.

Killington is Roadchef's oldest site, having opened in 1972, not long after this bit of the M6 itself opened. The initial tender process received no bids at all, one of the first signs of weakening interest in the motorway industry. As a trial the new tender only required one brand of fuel to be sold, and was picked up by BP, who leased it out to Roadchef.

During planning, the services were only been called 'Killington'. A separate plan to build a reservoir here looked set to block the services proposal, but eventually the two went alongside and Killington Lake gained its distinctive facility. The services are separated from the motorway by a man-made cutting, the land for which presumably came from the reservoir.

To take advantage of the views the services offer, it became one of the first sites where the amenity building was built as far away from the motorway as possible - something that was later adopted as standard practice. The theory behind its location is that by placing it somewhere with a good view, more people would be persuaded to take a break. For this reason its northbound sister site was originally not Burton-in-Kendal, but Tebay.

The amenity building itself was originally built out of local stone, but it was far too small and was rebuilt in 1985.

Other History

In an 1984 atlas, Killington Lake is the only service area marked for providing "limited catering facilities". This has since changed and the services now provide full catering facilities. There were also vague plans to add a yachting yard to the reservoir which could be accessed via the services.

The tourist information centre was converted from a workshop in 1997.

Survey Results

In May 2012, it had slipped down to 2 stars in Visit England's ratings.

In August 2011 the services were rated as 3 stars by Visit England, who were impressed by the landscaping.

In 2006, Holiday Which? gave the services a 3/5, which is odd considering how much praise they get.


Burton-in-Kendal (M6 southbound, 13 miles)
Carnforth truckstop (15 miles)
Lancaster (26 miles)
Services on the M6 Tebay (11 miles)
none nearbyRoadchef services none nearby

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