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National park and ride: Low-carbon breaks in the Lakes
Nigel Thompson uses an electric train, car and bike on a green trip to the Lake District
Wordsworth may well have wandered lonely as a cloud. But if the Cumbrian poet had done his misty meanderings around the Lake District in the early 21st century rather than 200 years previously, it might have been a cloud of petrol fumes the daffodil-dabbler encountered.
England’s biggest National Park – some 885 square miles of utter joy – has a problem. Too many cars. In short, it’s a victim of its own success.
The creation of the National Park in 1951 has, of course, inspired millions of visitors over the years, drawn by the timeless beauty of the fells and lakes.
And around 87% of the 16 million tourists a year arrive by car, choking the narrow roads and bringing the risk of pollution from exhaust fumes.
So, in a £6.9million, four-year initiative, the GoLakes tourist board has started a scheme to get the visitors out of their cars, into a low-emission vehicle, or on to public transport and bikes.
Not ordinary bikes, mind… but electric bikes that give the part-time pedal pusher some much-needed help up the hills. So, to join in the eco enterprise, I headed to the Lake District last autumn with the firm intention of steering clear of a car powered by the internal combustion engine.
That journey from my home in Essex began with a walk to the station, an electric train into London, the Tube to Euston station, and an electric train out of London to the Lakes.
And that Virgin Trains Pendolino service to Oxenholme is especially green too, as it is equipped with regenerative braking, which means that every time the driver applies the brakes, electricity is returned to the national grid.
Consequently, Virgin Pendolino trains generate enough electricity each year to charge 4.5 million mobile phones.
On arriving in Oxenholme, there would of course be no using a taxi to get to my accommodation in Windermere. A short train ride – diesel, but still public transport – saw me to the Cumbrian town’s station then a 20-minute walk brought me to the delightful Rum Doodle B&B. The bed part was a lovely four-poster and the breakfast part was good too. It was named and styled after a 1950s spoof mountaineering book, The Ascent of Rum Doodle, which I bought on Amazon and it is indeed very amusing.
As was the witty, wry commentary from the crew on a boat trip around Lake Windermere from neighbouring Bowness-on-Windermere that afternoon.
It was a glorious autumn day and the lake was mirror calm as we chugged past various sights including the unusual, circular house on Belle Isle. It was £7.20 very enjoyably spent.
But the purpose of my trip was to test the GoLakes options, so the next morning I made an early start to catch a bus to Ambleside – where there was time for a quick wander around a very pleasant town – and then another bus on to Grasmere. Here, I headed to the Wordsworth Hotel and Spa, having reserved an electric bike.
The Giant machine is a sturdy beast and comes with two battery packs so you would probably be good for at least 30 miles. There are three settings – economy, normal or sport – which offer 25%, 50% and 75% power assistance.
So basically on the lowest, most frugal setting you do 75% of the work and the motor chips in with 25%. On the steeper roads of the Lake District – and there are plenty of those! – you really do need the highest setting.
I had reserved an electric Renault Twizy car for £10 an hour at the Langdale Estate Hotel and Spa in Elterwater and the direct route there meant tackling the Red Bank road with its brutal 25% incline.
Even with the battery going with the full 75% assistance it was eventually more than I could manage and I had to get off and push. Still, coasting on the other side of the hill to Elterwater soothed my thighs, as the bikes are heavy and even pushing one up a 25% slope is hard work.
At the Langdale, I met Andy Dawson, the grounds manager who was getting my car ready, and Dan Visser, the marketing boss who is on the GoLakes committee and is one of the driving forces behind the electric car initiative.
The Twizy is a small two-seater – one behind the other – and there’s no glass in the side windows, so you need a coat on a cool day. The range between charges is about 60 miles and, as with the electric bikes, GoLakes has created a network of charging points around the National Park.
In an emergency you could simply stop at someone’s house and ask for a plug. Some people have been known to do that.
So what’s the £6,690 Twizy like to drive? In short, fantastic fun. It is light, manoeuvrable, surprisingly nippy and virtually silent, which is very strange at first. But that silence means that as you are whizzing around the lakes and fells you hear the sound of sheep, birds and sometimes just the sound of silence. It’s wonderful.
I pushed the Twizy hard, tackling a steep, hairpin pass with no problem at all.
On the instrument panel there is an indicator which shows how much you are draining the battery and, conversely, when you are coasting downhill it displays the charge which is then being returned to it. After zipping around for an hour and a half I still had plenty of charge and if time had permitted I’d have whizzed about for another 90 minutes.
But it would soon be getting dark and I did not want to tackle Red Bank at night – a wise decision as the damp hill was tricky to descend even in diminishing daylight as I gingerly inched down.
Back at Grasmere, as I neared the Wordsworth Hotel to return the bike, I notched up a GoLakes electric bike first – a puncture.
Luckily it was only 200 yards from the hotel, as wheeling the bike with a flat tyre was a real effort. Once the staff at the Wordsworth had worked out how to process the flat-tyre paperwork, I headed back to Ambleside on an open-top service bus, which really blew away the cobwebs. At Ambleside there was time for a couple of locally brewed beers before catching my bus back to Windermere, packing my kit ready for the morning train back home and having a pleasant pub meal at the Elleray.
In the spirit of an ecofriendly trip to the Lake District I had a salad… plenty of greens, you see.
The Hyning Estate Development
These properties have been entered into Grand Design’s annual award for 2013
The Carriage House Sleeps 2/4
The Bake House Sleeps 2/4
The Tack Barn Sleeps 2/4
The Old Forge Sleeps 4/6
The Granary Sleeps 4/6
The Old Farmhouse Sleeps 6/8
This weekend we will see the first of many bookings for The Hyning Estate. This eco-friendly 5* development provides guests with everything they could need with a touch of luxury, warmth and superb surroundings.
Accommodating parties of all sizes within the 6 properties means everyone can enjoy a relaxed break here. Besides the very warm welcome that awaits you, it has a fully licensed lounge room with a wood burning fire creating the right atmosphere for you and your friends. The development also makes use of ground source heating and solar panels to make your stay environmentally friendly.
So browse through the properties available and treat yourself to an Easter break or a holiday later in the year by booking online or telephone us on 015394 48081 or 017687 74060. You will not be disappointed!!
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Ramlin Around Englands Lake District
Posted by Steve Winston
The Lake District is the Eternal England.
Its the England of tiny villages that havent changed in a thousand years. Of green mountains and clear-blue waters and emerald meadows dotted with sheep. Of 2,000-year-old Roman ramparts. And of quiet country paths where youre more likely to see fox, fowl, or cow than human beings, save for the warm smiles in the bucolic cottages and villages along the way.
Here, in the northern part of England, near the border of Scotland, even the accent changes, with a bit o the Scottish lilt.
The “human” highlight of the Lake District is Hadrians Wall, a 73-mile-long series of ramparts and forts constructed by the Roman Emperor Hadrian, to keep the marauding Scots at bay. Today its a World Heritage Site. Walk it, and youll come to milecastles small fortresses about a “Roman” mile apart) and Neolithic stone circles.
Lake District National Park’s 880 square-miles include England’s highest mountain (Scafell Pike, 3,068′), its deepest lake (Wastwater), and wonderfully-evocative villages such as Bowness-on-Windermere. And a company called English Lakeland Ramblers (located in Montclair, Virginia), which has been doing walking tours of England, Scotland, and Wales since 1985, can take you there.
Here, you can walk in the footsteps of the early conservationists such as the appropriately-named poet William Wordsworth, John Ruskin (a noted artist and critic in the 1800’s), and Beatrix Potter (author of children’s books such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit). You’ll stay in classic country inns, and explore a new part of the Lake District each day. You’ll visit Dove Cottage, home of William Wordsworth. You’ll take the Windermere ferry to Hilltop Farm, home of Beatrix Potter. You’ll visit Brantwood, home of John Ruskin, and the Neolithic Castlerigg Stone Circle. And you’ll take a launch ride on the beautiful lake called Derwentwater.
You start off in the picturesque village of Grasmere, in which you’ll visit Grasmere Church, with its intricate wooden beams, the Grasmere Gingerbread shop, and the graveyard where William Wordsworth is buried.
On the second day, you’ll walk from your inn to the resort town of Ambleside, via the summit of Loughrigg, a stunning viewpoint. In the afternoon you’ll visit Wordsworth’s home, Dove Cottage, and the Wordsworth Museum.
The next day, you’ll take the ferry across Windermere, and head for Hilltop Farm, purchased by Beatrix Potter in 1905. Following that is a drive to Brantwood, home of poet/artist/social reformer/conservationist John Ruskin, and lunch at the Jumping Jenny restaurant, named after Ruskin’s boat.
On the fourth day, you’ll travel to the Borrowdale Valley, along a mountainous road through passes with names like Wrynose and Hard Knott, with a stop at an ancient Roman fort. You’ll visit the colorful village of Boot, and Eskdale Corn Mill. Later you’ll pass the ancient cross planted by Vikings at Gosforth.
The next day brings you to the Castlerigg Stone Circle, to be followed by an afternoon walk on the Derwentwater lakeshore path, or a harder alternative – crossing the summit of Cat Bells (worth the extra effort, because of the views!). The day ends with a launch ride on Derwentwater.
On the last full day, you’ll visit the mine shop at the top of Honister Pass, with a possible detour to the Iron Age-fortress atop Castle Crag.
Afterwards, when you’re back in the hustle and bustle of the real world, the Lake District may seem a million miles away. But you’ll always be able to summon up the gentle memories of its green hills, its ancient walls, its lost-in-time villages, and its welcoming people.
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Rail services between Lake District and Manchester set to return to normal after Salford train derailment
4:20pm Friday 25th January 2013 in News By Steven Bell, Senior Reporter
RAIL travel between the Lake District and Manchester is set to return to normal after services were disrupted following a heritage train derailment in Salford.
All trains to and from Lake District stations, and Oxenholme, were starting and finishing at Preston.
But Network Rail confirmed that a plan for returning the line back to normal service has ‘progressed extremely well’.
First Transpennine Express (FTPE) – which operates Windermere to Manchester trains – said it was expecting to run a normal train service from late afternoon through tonight’s evening peak.
A spokesman said: “There may be some residual delays as we get trains and crew in the correct place but this should be minimal.”
Nick Donovan, FTPE managing director, said: “This has been a challenging couple of days for rail travellers across the North West of England, who have had to experience some significant disruption.
“We are delighted to have the line back and be able to start to resume a normal train service from Manchester through to the northwest.
“Colleagues from FTPE, Network Rail and Northern Rail have all work extremely hard to ensure the line has been returned as quickly and as safely as possible. I want to thank them all for their efforts over the last couple of days.
“I also want to thank customers for their patience, understanding and support.”
An empty heritage passenger train, owned by West Coast Railways, was travelling from Ardwick to Carnforth when its rear engine burst into flames on a bridge on Wilburn Street, Salford, at around 2.45pm on Wednesday.
Four people – a driver, engineer and two others – were on board but managed to walk off ‘safe and well’, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said.
A witness said: “There were flames leaping out of the diesel unit and billowing into the sky.”
Some 40 firefighters in four appliances were sent to the scene.
British Transport Police (BTP) confirmed the train was a charter service run by West Coast Railways.
Station Manager Paul Etches, of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, said: “It was quite a significant fire in the sense that it was a fire on a train which isn’t the norm.
“Luckily there weren’t any casualties and we are told the four people that walked off the train are safe and well.
“Crews quickly brought the fire under control to stop it spreading to the other carriages using jets and foam branches.
“Firefighters will remain on the scene dampening down and assisting BTP with their inquiries.”
The incident disrupted train services in and out of Manchester across the North West and caused local roads to be closed
It is believed the train had a diesel engine at the front and back with six carriages in between.
A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: “BTP officers were called to the rail line close to Wilburn Street, Salford, following a report of a train carriage on fire.
“BTP and Greater Manchester Police officers attended the incident, which was reported to BTP at 2.45pm.
“One of the carriages of the train, a chartered service run by West Coast Railways, has derailed from the rail line but remains upright.
“No passengers were on board the train at the time of incident and the driver is safe and well.
“Officers, along with other emergency services and agencies, will be working to establish the full circumstances.”
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has been informed.
West Coast Railways runs several heritage train services across the country.