Small Grants Fund boosts visitor transport in Cumbria

A series of new projects to develop and promote easy, accessible visitor transport across Cumbria are being given a helping hand, thanks to funding from the See More sustainable travel programme.

12 projects will share See More’s Small Grants Fund of £20,000 which has been made available to businesses, transport operators and community groups. The aim is to support businesses and communities who want to entice more visitors out of their cars and make buses, boats and trains more attractive transport options, and encourage visitors to enjoy cycling and walking opportunities.

See More is helping to enhance to the quality of visitor travel to the county’s international destinations, with the grants being allocated across four key travel ‘corridors’; Carlisle-Hadrian’s Wall, Keswick-Borrowdale, Penrith-Ullswater, and Oxenholme-Grasmere.

Highlights include preparatory work to reopen a railway station at Gilsland and build a new jetty on Derwentwater, as well as promoting the ‘Ullswater Way’ walking route and supporting Chinese visitors with more detailed maps and information. A full list of the projects to receive funding from See More’s Small Grants Fund includes:

  1. Carlisle–Hadrian’s Wall

• Carlisle Road Cycle Network website and app: The development of a website and app for cyclists using cycle routes around Carlisle, including GPS/smartphone navigation and details about key services such as bike shops, points of interest and accommodation options.

(Grant recipient: Carlisle Road Cycle Network)

• Campaign to Open Gilsland Station (COGS): A detailed feasibility study to build a railway station at Gilsland, between Carlisle and Hexham, to provide additional access to Hadrian’s Wall.
(Grant recipient: Campaign to Open Gilsland Station, or COGS)

  1. Keswick-Borrowdale

• New Lingholm jetty on Derwentwater: An analytical survey to assess the lake bed on the proposed site of a new jetty for the Keswick Launch at Lingholm.

(Grant recipient: Keswick Launch Ltd)

• Promoting the Derwentwater Way: Way-marker signs and interpretation panels at seven Keswick Launch jetties, to promote the route, attractions and public transport links.

(Grant recipient: Keswick Tourism Association)

  1. Penrith – Ullswater

• Promoting the Ullswater Way: Marketing a new walking route around Ullswater using existing Public Rights of Way and quiet roads, with clear links to bus, boat and rail routes.

(Grant recipient: Ullswater Way Working Group, led by Lake District National Park Authority)

• Targeting Chinese visitors: Printed and online materials in both English and Chinese to incorporate local facilities and things to do around the Ullswater Valley. To be produced by Lake District Estates and Stagecoach.

(Grant recipient: Lake District Estates and Stagecoach)

• Digital ‘treasure hunt’ around Ullswater: A digital media campaign run by Ullswater Steamers which will enable visitors to unlock prizes by linking public transport routes to points of interest and places to stay/eat around the valley.

(Grant recipient: Ullswater Steamers)

• Penrith railway station map: A detailed info-graphic map on side of cycle hire unit, outlining integrated travel options for rail passengers arriving in Penrith.

(Grant recipient: Lake District Cycling)

  1. Oxenholme – Grasmere

• ‘Grand Circular Tour’, Coniston: Support for the National Trust’s Steam Yacht Gondola to reintroduce the ‘Grand Circular Tour’ (which was used in the 1860s to integrate steam and boat services around the Lake District). Potential starting points around Coniston Water would link to services offered by a variety of other transport providers in the South and Central Lakes.

(Grant recipient: National Trust)

• Marketing the 599 bus route: Promotion for Stagecoach’s newly expanded 599 bus service, which runs between Grasmere and Lakeside.

(Grant recipient: Stagecoach)

• Lakesline maps at Kendal, Burneside & Staveley: New rail maps to welcome visitors arriving by train.

(Grant recipient: Lakes Line Community Rail Partnership)

• Targeting Chinese visitors: English and Chinese translations of printed and online material for visitors to the Central and South Lakes.

(Grant recipient: Wordsworth Trust, Lake District Estates and Stagecoach)

See More Programme Manager, Nicola Parker, says, “See More’s Small Grants Fund is a great opportunity to work together with local businesses and communities to bring their sustainable transport ideas to life. We want to help organisations develop projects which will have a lasting effect, giving people the best possible access to public transport links and enabling them to travel around as quickly and easily as possible. This funding will help them do just that!


Notes to Editors:

For more information, please contact: Heather Sewell, 07795 487003 / 01539 825002 /

There are five project strands within the See More Cumbria and the Lake District programme covering a wide range of activity, including enhanced visitor transport services, cycle route development, better information about travel options, comprehensive marketing and corridor travel planning activity. For travel information visit

1. Helping international visitors to use buses, trains and water transport, as well as walking, cycling and hiring low emissions vehicles will reduce the impact of their travel on the local environment and community, while making their trip to the area more enjoyable and relaxing.

2. More information about the National Park and the Authority’s work is available on their website

3. For further information on visiting the Lake District and other parts of  Cumbria visit

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