Tools:

Killington Lake

Killington Lake
Roadchef
Killington Lake
Road:M6 southbound between J36 and J37
Address:Road Chef Motorways Ltd
M6
Killington
Kendal
Cumbria
LA8 0NW
Telephone number:01539 620739
Signposted from the road?Yes as Roadchef and Costa
Opened:1972
(rebuilt 1985)
Previous operators:BP
Grid reference:SD587911
Services type:Single site located between junctions on one side of the motorway.
Visit Killington Lake/Roadchef's official website
Facebook Page
Foursquare

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.

Contents

Facilities

Main Amenities: Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Jackpot £500, Meeting Room, Picnic Area, Showers
Restaurants: Costa, McDonald's, Costa Express
Shops: WHSmith
Motel: Days Inn[book rooms]
Forecourt: BP, 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 £17, or £19 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 is due to open here in March 2014 to replace The Burger Company and Restbite.

=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. It's built on a thin bit of land between the motorway and the reservoir.

The services are separated from the motorway by a man-made cutting, the land for which presumably came from the reservoir. They are actually owned by BP, who lease the site out to Roadchef.

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

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 equivalent was originally not Burton-in-Kendal, but Tebay.

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.

Alternatives

Previous:Next:
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

Visitor Feedback


Views expressed in these comments are those of the individual contributor. They are moderated by Facebook.
Retrieved from "http://motorwayservicesonline.co.uk/wiki/index.php?title=Killington_Lake&oldid=31477"


Something not right? Anyone can edit this page, simply log in or register first.

Share this: