With a rapid rise in motorhome ownership over the past 12 months, a handy new set of resources have been developed to help new motorhome owners visiting Cumbria to plan their trips, book ahead and help protect the area’s world-class landscape during their visit.
A new Motor Caravanners’ Code has been developed to enable motorhome owners to better navigate their way around, avoiding some of the complex – and sometimes narrow – rural road network, whilst highlighting the most suitable routes to explore Cumbria’s world-renowned but sensitive landscape without missing its scenic highlights.
The Code is just one of the resources available on www.visitlakedistrict.com/vanlife for motorhome and campervan owners, particularly those who are unfamiliar with the area. This helpful online hub also includes new downloadable maps, as well as practical hints to help people easily identify approved locations to stay and basic facilities like public toilets and waste disposal.
There will also be a range of new itineraries/days out to inspire the motorhome community to explore lesser-known parts of the county, including Cumbria’s majestic coastline.
The new online resources will continue to develop and grow over the coming weeks, as part of the work that Cumbria’s Tactical Visitor Management Group have been doing to help manage the expected demand from motorhome owners as lockdown eases.
“Our main message to the motorhome community is that there’s more to the county than you might expect and some great new places and experiences to discover. Given the anticipated demand for staycations this year we are strongly urging everyone to plan their routes and book ahead and, whilst they are here, to support our code that encourages us all to protect this beautiful place for the benefit of all,” says the Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism, Gill Haigh.
“Our latest visitor research shows that walking, spending time near or on the water and exploring safe, quiet and captivating landscapes are some of the main reasons to visit. Our downloadable maps, itineraries and Motor Caravanners’ Code are all about helping people to create some unique memories – and opening their eyes to all the hidden gems they may not be aware of, particularly along our stunning coastline which stretches from Morecambe Bay to the Scottish border, taking in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, layers of hidden heritage and history, and plenty of water-based activities for all the family.
“We’re also highlighting the fantastic range of local farm shops, eateries and visitor attractions people can uncover when they look beyond the usual tourist hotspots in the central Lakes. We love to see visitors valuing and supporting our local communities, and we hope these new online resources will give them all the practical tips and information they need to do just that.”