Ahead of World Car Free Day on Wednesday 22 September, Cumbria Tourism is urging people to take up the #cumbriacarfree challenge and find greener, more sustainable ways to explore the county.
Cumbria’s official Destination Management Organisation is highlighting the wide range of greener travel options available and says it’s the ideal time to walk in the footsteps of famed fellwalker Alfred Wainwright and go car free.
Wainwright travelled mainly by public transport while he was compiling his famous routes to the summits of 214 Lakeland fells. And although not everyone may be an avid walker, there are numerous car free alternatives to help people access the county’s spectacular hidden gems and find their own perfect place to be.
Over the coming days, visitors are being challenged to follow the Wainwright tradition and post their experiences using the #carfreecumbria hashtag across social media – supported by plenty of ideas and inspiration from Cumbria Tourism.
So whether you want to take advantage of Stagecoach’s special ‘Park and Explore’ tickets, hop on a ‘Rambler’ bus service to Langdale or Coniston, or check out ‘Explorer’ tickets which include bus and boat options (for cruises on Ullswater, Windermere, Derwentwater and Coniston), World Car Free Day is the perfect excuse to leave the car at home.
The team at Cumbria Tourism will be sharing downloadable PDFs highlighting some of the Wainwright fells most accessible by rail and or bus. A range of newly developed ‘Rail Trails’ are also available from www.visitlakedistrict.com/railtrails. All the routes start and finish at a train station on the Cumbrian Coast line, including one of Wainwright’s lesser walked fells – Black Combe – which has some of the best long-distance views in the county.
Meanwhile, Cumbria Tourism has teamed up with Avanti West Coast, Network Rail and Northern Rail to collate even more great ideas, information and inspiration for getting to and around Cumbria by train at: www.visitlakedistrict.com/byrail
Cumbria Tourism’s Sustainable Travel Officer, Gemma Procter, says, “Whether you’re a local or a visitor, the #cumbriacarfree challenge is perfect for anyone who wants to do their bit to reduce their carbon footprint and help protect our world-class landscape at the same time. It can be any day you want over the next week or so, and even if you can’t get here car free, you can still spend the day here exploring without your car.
Zina Nomicas, General Manager at Avanti West Coast, adds, “As the world is encouraged to go car free for the day, we want to champion beautiful destinations on our route that can be reached by train, including our famous scenic spots in the Lake District.
“We’ve enjoyed playing our part to bring visitors to the Lake District this summer and hope Cumbria Tourism’s efforts to showcase Wainwright’s Fells will inspire people to have a fully green experience during World Car Free Day by taking the train before walking the region’s beautiful hills and mountains.”
To share your car free experiences, use the #cumbriacarfree hashtag and keep an eye on Visit Lake District’s blog and social media channels.