Getting around the Lake District minus a car will be even easier from this weekend.
Starting on Saturday 24th may, perfectly timed for the Bank Holiday weekend and half term is a brand new Bike Boat service. The service takes passengers and their 2 wheeled devices across Lake Windermere from Brockhole to Wray Castle and back if required. Not only does this service open up a larger area for cyclists to explore but it also enables them to cycle away from the busy A591 road for a few miles.
The Bike Boat will carry 12 cyclists and their bikes and it will be a handy service for so many. If you’re out for a little trundle, a family day out or embarking on a ride of a length akin to a Tour de France stage, it is sure to be a busy little boat and enables more cyclists to travel across the lake together.
For those who have left their car at or been even greener and travelled by train to Windermere, the ability to venture across the lake and have the chance to go to areas such as Langdale is quite an exciting prospect. Langdale is a very different valley and has a very different landscape to Bowness and Windermere and around a 4 mile cycle is all it is from the Bike Boat drop off point. It opens up new routes to cycle, even the chance to do the biggies of Wrynose and Hardknott (eek!) and also different places to stay. In fact, Langdale Hotel & Spa are firm promoters of green transport to their hotel as well as the use of low carbon travel whilst staying there.
And of course, this weekend also sees the Windermere to Hawkshead ferry service start again after a month of maintenance work so getting whether you’re on foot, in a car or on 2 wheels, travelling east to west, west to east across Windermere is a breeze.
For a full list of all the different ways of getting around the county without a car, check out the Go Lakes Travel website by clicking here.
By Jenny Andrew