Car-free on the western shore of Windermere

The new jetty at Bark Barn © Rob Beale

The new jetty at Bark Barn

Latest update 09.06.2014 11:03

Exploring the Lakes without a car adds an adventure to any visit and now new routes over and around Windermere make it a carefree way to enjoy the lakeshore.

You can start your adventure by boat at either end of the lake, setting off from Lakeside in the south or Waterhead, by Ambleside, in the north, calling at Ferry House, for easy access to great cycling or a long walk, ending up at Wray Castle for that well-deserved drink and snack.

A new service for 2014 is the ‘bike boat’ from the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole, north of Windermere – just a 10 minute trip across the Lake and you could be exploring the quiet bridleways and woodland. A new jetty, just a mile away at Bark Barn, means a more frequent service across the lake, so you can tailor your timetable to suit your day.

Other car-free ways to explore include catching the 505 Coniston Rambler bus service from the eastern shores of Windermere, hop off at Ambleside and then cruise down to Ferry House and pick up the Mountain Goat bus to Hawkshead village, or Beatrix Potter’s house at Hill top or explore further afield.

Take the 505 all the way to Coniston and you can join the Steam Yacht Gondola for a cruise down Coniston, with the option to step onshore for a walk on the richly wooded fells surrounding the lake.

Our friends over at Go Lakes have a great blog for car-free inspiration, including how to travel from Manchester without a car for a pint of Lakeland ale.

When you leave your car behind for a day, you’re helping keep the Lakes special.