Ahead of half-term next week, efforts are being stepped up to help motorhome owners visiting Cumbria to plan ahead, to pre-book their visits and to play their part in protecting the county’s world-famous landscape while they’re here.
Copies of Cumbria’s new Motor Caravanners’ Code have just gone up in poster form in a selection of petrol stations, service stations and supermarkets that visitors are likely to use as they enter the county. These can be seen alongside a facilities map to help people who may be unfamiliar with the area to easily identify basic facilities like public toilets and free black and grey waste disposal sites around the county. QR codes also direct them to more online information.
The Motor Caravanners’ Code aims to help the motorhome community enjoy the county’s scenic highlights without compromising its sensitive landscape. It includes handy advice such as planning routes which avoid narrow rural roads, seeking out approved parking locations and leaving ‘no trace’ in the local environment by taking litter home and not lighting fires outdoors.
To reinforce these messages, Lake District National Park Rangers will be out and about in the coming days speaking to motorhome and campervan owners and giving out accommodation and facilities maps.
Visitors can also access a full range of online resources before they arrive at: www.visitlakedistrict.com/vanlife This includes recommended itineraries and days out which highlight the quieter parts of the county beyond the central Lake District, including Morecambe Bay and the Cumbrian coast, Hadrian’s Wall and the North Pennines.
It’s all part of the work Cumbria’s Tactical Visitor Management Group have been doing to help manage the growing demand from motorhome owners, following the upturn in motorhome ownership during the pandemic.
Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism, Gill Haigh, comments, “We expect the Lake District, Cumbria to be a popular destination for people visiting in their motorhomes and campervans this half term. They are very welcome, but to keep this unique place special for all, it’s really important to plan ahead, book ahead and follow some simple guidelines.
“We’ve developed a wide range of resources not only to give practical know-how, but also to inspire people about the hidden gems they may not be aware beyond the usual tourist hotspots, from unique visitor attractions to local farm shops and eateries which give a unique taste of Cumbria. It’s fantastic to see visitors valuing our precious landscape and supporting our local communities, and we want to give them all the advice and information they need to do just that.”
Tony Watson, Head of Visitor Services at the Lake District National Park Authority, said: “We’re pleased to welcome visitors back to the Lake District – and this new guide will help those arriving by motorhome or campervan to have the best experience here. The main message is please plan ahead – whether it’s avoiding the narrow routes, discovering a new campsite or knowing where to empty waste – these small but important actions will help protect this special place and allow everyone to continue to enjoy the National Park.”