We're really pleased to be able to tell you about these new initiatives for helping people get around the Lake District without so much reliance on their own car:

Park and explore by bus

Park and explore the Central Lakes by bus for just £18 for up to five people. Enjoy the freedom to explore the Lake District by bus with inclusive bus and parking tickets.

All day parking and unlimited bus travel within the Central Lakes zone for up to five people travelling together for only £18.

Simply pay at the ticket machine on the day of travel, (card payments accepted) and pick up two tickets, one for your car and another to show the bus driver. Then leave your car behind and explore the Lakes by bus.

Park and explore in one of the following car parks:
• Braithwaite Fold (Bowness) Sat Nav LA23 3HB
• Waterhead (Ambleside Pier) Sat Nav LA22 0ES
• Low Fold (Ambleside) Sat Nav LA22 0DN
• Stock Lane (Grasmere) Sat Nav LA22 9SJ
• Broadgate Meadows (Grasmere) Sat Nav LA22 9TA
• Hawkshead (village) Sat Nav LA22 0NT
• Coniston (village) Sat Nav LA21 8EH

Find out more on the Stagecoach website.

Summer shuttlebuses for Wasdale valley

Two low-cost shuttlebuses have been launched for the Wasdale Valley, to help ease the pressure on Cumbria’s rural road network in August and September.

The new service is aimed at getting people out of their cars and reducing traffic volumes to the popular tourist area by providing an alternative transport option. The new shuttlebus will run daily for the rest of August – and weekends in September – every 30 minutes between 9am and 5pm from the car parking field at Nether Wasdale for a suggested fee of just £2 per person.

Read more on Cumbria Tourism's website.

Image: 'Buttermere' by Nicky Beeson

Buttermere Shuttlebus from Cockermouth

This is a great initiative that is letting visitors park at an existing Cockermouth car park and jump on a mini-bus to Buttermere.

Visitors can catch a free shuttle bus from Cockermouth to the beautiful Buttermere valley every day this summer from 17 July until the 5 September.
More details are available on the Lake District National Park website.

A new Park and Sail Service on Derwentwater - To Cat Bells and Squirrel Nutkin

We’re delighted that a new Park and Sail venture between Keswick Launch Company and Keswick Rugby Club begins operating on 14th July.

The service will help reduce the need to drive to get to the west side of Derwent Water, where severe parking issues near popular walk Cat Bells have prompted controversial plans for a new car park.

People parking at the Rugby Club’s car park will get a discount voucher for the launch so that they can start a day out with a relaxing boat trip on the lake, making the journey part of their Lake District experience. We need more of these kind of alternatives, instead of measures encouraging even greater reliance on cars. We wish the service every success!

Find out more on the Visit Keswick website.

Electric bike Charging 'stations' in Cumbria

A recent collaboration between the Bicycle Mayor of Cumbria and Climate Emergency West Cumbria groups has resulted in an expanded list of venues that offer a top up battery charge for your e-bike whilst you are out and about in Cumbria. Wherever you choose to explore with your electric bike we thought it might be useful to know where there are charging points available around the county, and there's a handy map view too.

See bike charging points on the VisitCumbria website.