"It was love at the first sight of the area. The general feel of the place was just so relaxing, the vans & lodges well distanced from each other with well maintained roadways, beautifully tended grassed areas and trees, and breath taking scenery - It was absolutely idyllic. Everything has been marvellous from the first day! Why did we not do this years ago?"
S & P Homer
Sun 1st March 2015
Leave your car by the caravan and EXPLORE
Tags: New Caravan Season 2015
With the new 2015 caravan season just days away, anticipation is rising. For our residents, thoughts will be turning to weekends away, enjoying peaceful surroundings and exploring all that the Lake District has to offer.

Both Old Park Wood and Longlands provide a great base for doing this, and with some warm weather forecast for March, there’s no better excuse to try a whole new kind of ‘exploring’. The ‘car-free’ kind to be precise. We love Cumbria Tourism’s new ‘Drive Less See More’ initiative, helping people experience a new side to our spectacular region without the use of their cars. Not only is this type of travel kind on the local environment, but it’s great for keeping fit and for helping to support local businesses and the local economy.

The idea of car-free travel is to get people exploring areas that they previously would have missed, and to really connect with the landscape around them – so rather than planning the same days out year on year, why not try some car-free itineraries this season?

The Go Lakes website is a great source of information with heaps of suggestions and all the necessary travel timetables to go with them. Visit www.golakes.co.uk/travel

They even have a free App that you can download to view some car-free itineraries near you, just search for ‘See More Lake District’ in your App Store.

A good place to start is on your doorstep of course, and there are plenty of places to explore on foot or by bike, around each of our Holiday Parks.

Old Park Wood has miles of permissive access routes to discover that take you through nature reserves and ancient woodlands (you may even be lucky enough to encounter a red squirrel) – residents can collect an information leaflet which show these routes from the site office. If cycling is your thing, a short ride to Cark gives you to access to the nearest train station, Cark-in-Cartmel. From there, one can travel south along the coast to Carnforth (maybe via Arnside for a lunch stop at its famous Fish & Chip shop), or north along the west coast of Cumbria. Alternatively, Cark makes for a leisurely Sunday bike ride to the newly opened ‘Fat Flour Bakery’ for some fresh croissants. For those seeking more adventure, a 2 mile walk up Holker Bank to Cartmel provides further entertainment opportunities in the form of Lakeland Segway adventures from the Racecourse car park (for more info visit www.lakelandsegway.co.uk) or for keen equestrians, a Friesian Experience Day gives you the chance to explore the surrounding fells on horseback (www.blackhorses.co.uk)

Longlands residents meanwhile, are fortunate to have a spectacular public footpath just below the park that follows the line of an old railway. To the south, it leads eventually down to the Duddon Estuary and Sands, as well as connecting you to the Cumbria Coastal Way – a 180-mile long spectacular coastal path. From the nearby town of Broughton in Furness, you can hop aboard the X33 Lakeland Explorer Bus (which runs weekends from May - October, and daily during school holidays) stopping at many of West Cumbria’s finest attractions including Muncaster Castle, Cumbrian Heavy Horses and Ravenglass, where you can take a trip on the La’al Ratty Railway.

Whatever you decide to do, have fun exploring the Lakes in new and exciting ways!

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