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.

Free air is free in the Lake District in more ways than one

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Fresh air is free in the Lake District so “Drive Less See More” as the Go Lakes Travel programme campaign has been promoting over the last couple of years. Working with businesses throughout Cumbria and the Lake District encouraging and enabling visitors and guests to make greater use of sustainable modes of travel and car free activities.

From both the Langdale and Brimstone Hotels, guests can walk to six different places of interest, cycle on the many routes around the Langdale Estate and beyond, walk many of the fells in the Langdale Valley and even hire electric cars.

Experiencing the Lake District in these ways is so much better in so many ways. It is great exercise with a sense of achievement when completing a fell walk or bike ride for example. The real Lake District is viewed one to one, not through glass. Less cars on the road means less noise and much less pollution and in the busy summer months walking and cycling if often quicker than a car anyway!

Even back at the Brimstone suites, fresh air is a big factor and in abundance. Each of the 16 suites making up Brimstone have their own private balconies. The suites lead out through full length and width sliding doors with a table and chairs each and plants. When the doors are fully open, even when inside the suite, guests have a sense of being outside and the use of natural, local and sustainable materials echo this perfectly. More about Brimstone can be found by clicking here. The air in the Lake District is like no other and a world away from that of a city so make the most of it when visiting whatever time of the year.