Car free the way to travel in the Lake District


Some excellent news for and about the Lake District National Park was issued earlier this month. The news is that visitor car travel around the Lake District has decreased by an estimated 7.8 million kilometres over the past 3 years, this equates to a fall in car use of 14.5%. The cynics out there may say it is down to lower visitor numbers but these have in fact increased by 2% with an increase of 7% on visitor spend whilst staying/visiting here.

Many factors have contributed to this from programmes such as GoLakes Travel with its very well recognised “Drive Less – See More” campaign to businesses and the rise in popularity of cycling not just in the Lake District but UK wide.

GoLakes Travel has helped to introduce new and extra services to aid car free travel in the Lake District. This has included opening up and updating of a number of cycle ways in the National Park such as the one opened last year enabling almost a road free route from Ambleside to Langdale. They have also instigated more routes and a better timetable for the Bike Bus services.

Windermere Lake Cruises embraced the trend for cycling and going car free 3 years ago when they launched a new Bike Boat service. The service runs from Brockhole across Lake Windermere to either Wray Castle of the new floating jetty at Bark Barn. This has proved extremely popular way of getting to the other side of Lake eliminating the need for cyclists to ride along the busy A591.

The Langdale Hotel & Spa have been firm advocates, supporters and promoters for many years now of alternative methods of travel to and from the Lake District as well as during the stay. The Langdale Hotel Lake District location lends itself extremely well to a car free or reduced car use holiday or short break. There are walks both high and low level and many cycle routes starting right from the hotel but there’s also the chance to hire a Renault Twizy electric car. Twizy travel provides quiet, low carbon travel around the Lake District and is an excellent way to experience the landscape and also two of England’s steepest roads, the passes Wrynose and Hardknott. The car may be small but it tackles England’s steepest road with ease! To book a stay at Langdale and to find out more about the Twizy’s visit

The “Park Up and Walk” service at Far Sawrey

The service enables people visiting the tranquil villages of Near and Far Sawrey to park at their chosen starting point (your accommodation for example) and walk on amazing variety of routes in the southern Lake District.

Near and Far Sawrey are excellent choices of places to stay, leave the car and just explore on foot or by bicycle on a choice of footpaths, cycle tracks and bridleways. Drive Less See More the strapline to the GoLakes Travel programme couldn’t be better illustrated around this part of the Lake District.

Walk to Hawkshead and visit the many shops and cafes in the jewel of the Lake District. Head for a leisurely stroll up to Hill Top, the once home of Beatrix Potter and the location that inspired her and made her work into one of the most popular children’s story books of all time and still to date. But the villages of Near and Far Sawrey also allow easy access to Lake Windermere and even Bowness and Windermere towns.

Just a mile, 20 minute walk from Far Sawrey is Ferry House where to Windermere Ferry departs from taking passengers across the lake to Ferry Nab in Bowness. The ferry can take cars and bicycles also. From Bowness take a cruise down to Waterhead for Ambleside or up to lakeside or wander up to Windermere and climb the scenic Orrest Head for unparalleled views of Lake Windermere and fells beyond.

Being off season and far quieter it is the ideal time to visit Tarn Hows. This, the most beautiful of picture postcard locations is often a wash with visitors in the summer but autumn and winter means the full beauty can be admired. The tarn is surrounded by small hill made up of woodland and where the name Tarn Hows is derived. The walk from Far Sawrey is a nice, flat 3.9 miles and goes alongside Esthwaite Water which itself is also a stunning piece of water.

Accommodation can be found at the Cuckoo Brow Lake District Inn at Far Sawrey from £86 per room per night including breakfast.