The future of Lake District tourism is all about sustainability, and for those of us who love the Lakes, making our visits there more environmentally friendly is top priority. While its perfectly possible to arrive in the Lake District by public transport and see the best sites on foot, a car is sometimes neccessary to explore the farther flung reaches of the national park. The GoLakes Travel Project is attempting to address the issue of greener travel for visitors to the Lakes and is promoting the hire of the Renault Twizy. These little two seaters look like a lot of fun and are great for negotiating the Lakes’ narrow windy lanes.
Fortunately for Colwith visitors, one of the two current hire points for a Twizy in the Lakes is at the Langdale hotel – a 5 minute walk from Colwith’s front door. The Twizys can be hired for £10 and hour and are fully charged with a 35 mile radius. A huge initiative to install numerous new charging points all over the National Park means that you don’t have to worry about running out of charge on your day out. You can read about this initiative here. To find charging point in the Lakes visit http://zerocarbonworld.org/zero-net.
If you don’t think a Twizy is for you, GoLakes has some great information on other low carbon car hire options, including the VW Up! and Mini Clubman. Read more about it here.
For a great review of various low-impact travel solutions in the Lakes, take a look at this article which discusses the pros and cons of various options.