Scout Green

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Scout Green
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Scout Green
Scout Green is located in Cumbria
Scout Green
Scout Green
Scout Green shown within Cumbria
OS grid reference NY593075
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PENRITH
Postcode district CA10
Dialling code 015396
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
List of places
CumbriaCoordinates: 54°27′43″N 2°37′37″W / 54.462°N 2.627°W / 54.462; -2.627

Scout Green is a hamlet and small area of farm land near the village of Tebay in Cumbria, England.


It is best known among railway enthusiasts as a location for trainspotting and photography on the West Coast Main Line between Penrith and Oxenholme, and has been a popular vantage point on the railway since soon after the opening of this section of the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway in December 1846.[1] Northbound steam hauled trains were often banked up the 1 in 75 gradient towards Shap whilst southbound trains can be observed accelerating downhill from summit at Shap Fell. A signal box was located at Scout Green, but this was removed in the 1970s when then WCML was electrified.

An unusual feature of Scout Green is its access road — it involves travelling up a single track road which runs between the carriageways of the M6 motorway.


  1. ^ Awdry, p. 86
  • Awdry, C., The Encyclopedia of British Railway Companies, 1990, Patrick Stephens Limited, ISBN 1-85260-049-7