Rheged Centre services
This is an unusual combination: a service area which also describes itself as "Cumbria's leading family day out".
Catering: Café, Gather Self Serve Café Shops: Deli, Children's Shop, Clothing & Wellbeing Shop, Home Shop, Outdoor Shop Amenities: Children's Play Area, Cinema, Gallery, Meeting Room, Tourist Information Outdoor Space: Large grass verges around site; Picnic Area Charging Points: GRIDSERVE Electric Highway 50kW CCS, 50kW CHAdeMO & 22kW Type 2 Forecourt: Esso, Shop, Coffee Bar, Food to Go, Free Cash Machine
Free visitor parking is available for cars during opening hours of the Rheged Centre. No HGV parking is available.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
Trivia and History
The Rheged Centre opened in 2000, on the site of the former Redhills Limekilns. Some of the former limekilns are incorporated into the building design. The amenity building and petrol station share one large, grass roof, which the entry road dives under.
It was first proposed by Westmorland in 1989 as a tourist information centre, outdoor activity area and to provide motorists' facilities. They called the development 'Hills of the North'. It took some time to come to fruition, and has an extremely unusual design for a service area, with an airy building spread over three levels - not to mention the cinema.
The building underwent a major refurbishment during the late 2020 Coronavirus lockdown.
The service area is very close to the former Little Chef at Penrith which, accompanied by an on-site Travelodge, acted as an unofficial service area that traffic would pass first when heading to the centre from the M6. This now serves fast food, but still doesn't sell fuel or accommodate HGVs, meaning Rheged continues to be the official service area for the region.
|none||Services on the A66||Scotch Corner (51 miles)|
Penrith Truckstop (2 miles)
Southwaite (M6 north, 12 miles)
Tebay (M6 south, 17 miles)