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Grayrigg is a small village and civil parish in the South Lakeland district of Cumbria, England. It lies on undulated and partly mountainous land, 4.9 miles (8 km) north east of Kendal, on the north side of the West Coast Main Line, and west side of the M6 motorway.

St John the Evangelist Church, Grayrigg.jpg
St John the Evangelist Church
Grayrigg is located in Cumbria
Location within Cumbria
Population242 (2011. Includes Lambrigg)[1]
OS grid referenceSD5797
• London224 mi (360 km) SSE
Civil parish
  • Grayrigg
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKENDAL
Postcode districtLA8
Dialling code01539
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
54°22′01″N 2°39′00″W / 54.367°N 2.650°W / 54.367; -2.650Coordinates: 54°22′01″N 2°39′00″W / 54.367°N 2.650°W / 54.367; -2.650


Historically a part of Westmorland, Grayrigg and its surrounding area have provided evidence of an ancient Roman camp. During the Middle Ages Grayrigg formed a chapelry and township centred on the chapel dedicated to St John the Evangelist, which is still in use.

Railway accidentsEdit

Grayrigg's 20th and 21st century history is marked by two high-profile major train crashes.

The Grayrigg derailment was a rail accident in 2007, in which a passenger was fatally injured.

On 18 May 1947, a 13-carriage London Midland & Scottish Railway service from Glasgow Central to London Euston failed to stop at the signals for Lambrigg Crossing and collided with a locomotive with 33 people injured, three seriously.[2]

On 23 February 2007, Lambrigg Crossovers (54.358507,-2.655958), south of Grayrigg was the site of the Grayrigg derailment, a fatal derailment involving a Virgin Trains West Coast service from London Euston to Glasgow Central.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Grayrigg saw crash 60 years ago", BBC News, 1 March 2007
  3. ^ "Rail crash report blames points", BBC News, 26 February 2007

External linksEdit

  Media related to Grayrigg at Wikimedia Commons