5th July 2012

On your bike for the Lake District Challenge!

In an effort to increase awareness of local transport and alternative greener ways to travel, Cumbria Tourism, Cumbria County Council, and the Lake District National Park Authority are joining forces to encourage Lake District visitors to leave their cars at home for a week later this month.

July 22nd sees the beginning of the Drive Less, See More Challenge Week which is being held in conjunction with the Go Cycle, Go Walk, Go Lakes Festival. Electric cycles, local buses and boats, as well as cycling and walking are to be highlighted in an effort to promote healthier ways to travel, and see much more of this breathtaking countryside.

The importance of protecting the natural environment from CO2 damage caused by the number of cars which pass through the Lake District every year is being brought home to locals and tourists, with guided walks and bike rides through some of the picturesque towns and villages.

County Council spokesman Tim Knowles, said that the council were hoping that visitors to the area would consider using more sustainable means of transport  to explore this beautiful area, and that leaving the car at home would be an important start towards the success of a much bigger project.