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