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Exploring Cumbria Without A Car

There are plenty of ways to explore Cumbria and the Lake District without a car, and you'll experience a whole new side to our spectacular region when you do.

Travel at your leisure. Admire unforgettable views from a train or an open-top bus, get close to the spectacular landscapes by boat, by bike on foot, or even by electric car. Savour every moment. Make every journey count. Make the journey become part of the adventure.

Carlisle to Hadrian's Wall

Carlisle to Hadirans Wall
Carlisle
Carlisle Cathedral

Carlisle Cathedral

The Cathedral, founded in 1122 and battered by centuries of Border warfare, was built for the glory of God, and services have been said and sung daily in it for nearly 900 years.
Carlisle Castle
Carlisle Castle

Carlisle Castle

Impressive and formidable, Carlisle Castle amply repays exploration of its absorbing 900-year history. Long commanding the especially turbulent western end of the Anglo-Scottish border, Carlisle has witness many conflicts and sieges
Tullie House
Tullie House

Tullie House

National winners of the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery is an excellent choice for a great day out for all of the family.
Talkin Tarn
Talkin Tarn

Talkin Tarn Country Park

The Tarn has a long and rich history and has traditionally been used for recreation since at least the middle of the 1800's. The same is still true today with visitors coming from far and wide to enjoy all that the tarn has to offer.
Lanercost Tea Room
Lanercost Tea Room

Lanercost Tea Room

Everything is homemade and freshly prepared to order using quality local produce. The home baked selection of cakes are a specialty from the classic Coffee & Walnut, Lemon Drizzle or simply the scones , baked fresh every day without fail!
Hadrians Wall
Hadrians Wall

Hadrians Wall

Hadrian's Wall is a spectacular World Heritage Site, marching 73 miles from sea to sea across some of the wildest and most dramatic country in England. Experience Roman life and epic history in stunning locations.
Banks Turret
Banks Turret

Banks Turret

Imposing and well-preserved turret with adjoining stretches of Hadrian's Wall.
Birdoswald
BirdosWald

Birdoswald Roman Fort

Birdoswald stands high above a meander in the River Irthing, in one of the most picturesque settings on Hadrian's Wall. A Roman fort, turret and milecastle can all be seen on this excellent stretch of the Wall.
Lanercost Priory
Lanercost Priory

Lanercost Priory

Standing close to Hadrian's Wall, the Augustinian priory of Lanercost was much involved in the Anglo-Scottish wars. During his last campaign in 1306-7 the mortally sick King Edward I rested here for 6 months before dying at Burgh-by-Sands as he prepared to enter Scotland.
Hadrian's Wall

Keswick to Borrowdale

Keswick to Borrowdale
Honistor Slate Mine
Honistor Slate Mine

Honistor Slate Mine & Via Ferrata

The huge maze of underground tunnels is an archaeological time capsule and as part of the mine tours, visitors can experience everything from narrow passages and incredible cathedral-like caverns as they delve deep into a subterranean world.
Whinlatter Forest
Whinlatter Forest & Visitor Centre

Whinlatter Forest

Whinlatter is England's only true mountain forest. Rising 1000ft above sea level, the forest and visitor centre provides a whole range of outdoor activities for everyone.
Keswick Launch
Keswick Launch

Keswick Launch

Launch trips around Derwentwater. Hop and off to enjoy a walk. Rowing boats and self-drive motor boats are available to hire. Private launch hire is also available to special events such as weddings and birthdays.
Pencil Museum
The Pencil Museum

Pencil Museum

Visit Keswick, the home of the first pencil, and pencil perfection since 1832. Walk through a replica of the Seathwaite Mine, where graphite was first discovered. Trace the history of pencil manufacture over the last 350 years
Theatre by the lake
Theatre by the Lake

Theatre by the Lake

Theatre by the Lake has a setting on the shores of Derwentwater no other professional theatre in Britain can match. It also hosts festivals of literature, jazz, film and mountains.
Derwentwater Marina
Derentwater Marina

Derwentwater Marina

Busy marina on Derwentwater offering watersports tuition, boat hire, berthing, launching, boat sales and self catering apartments.
Nicol End Marine
Nicol end Marine

Nicol End Marine

Nichol End invites you to experience its unique atmosphere. We are a licensed watersports centre with rowboats and self-drive motorboats, equipment hire, refreshments and showers
Keswick Town Centre

Oxenholme to Grasmere

Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway
Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

Operating daily, steam engines haul comfortable carriages through the picturesque Leven Valley to Lakeside; the southern end of Lake Windermere
Lakes Aquarium
Lakes Aquarium

Lakes Aquarium

The Lakes Aquarium allows you to visit creatures from the lakes of the world along with those a little closer to home too. From otters and diving ducks to marmoset monkeys and British sharks and rays.
Lakeside Windermere Cruise
Lakeside Windermere Cruise

Windermere Lake Cruise, Lakeside

Windermere Lake Cruises trace their origins back to Victorian days, steamers and launches carry over 1.35 million visitors each year. The steamers have saloons, promenade decks, teashops and licensed bars.
Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre
Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre

Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre

Grizedale Forest nestles in the heart of the Lake District between lakes Windermere and Coniston. Activities range from gentle walks to swinging through the trees on GoApe, enjoying a leisurely meal in the Grizedale Café to exhilarating mountain bike rides.
Coniston Launch
Coniston Launch

Coniston Launch

Enjoy cruising aboard 1920s launches with solar-electric power. A unique and environmentally friendly way to enjoy beautiful Coniston Water. A personal commentary by our crew complements your experience of this wonderful area.
Steam Yacht Gondola
Steam Yacht Gondola

Steam Yacht Gondola

Float back to Victorian times as you indulge in a luxurious cruise on captivating Coniston water in this exquisite steam-powered craft.
Coniston Boating Centre
Coniston Boating Centre

Coniston Boating Centre

You can hire motor boats, rowing boats, sailing dinghies, canoes and paddleboards to explore the lake in a style that suits you. We have a wheelchair-accessible boat for those with less mobility.
Hill top Beatrix Potter
Beatrix Potter's House

Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House

Hill Top is a time capsule of this amazing woman's life. Full of her favourite things, the house appears as if Beatrix had just stepped out for a walk. Every room contains a reference to a picture in a 'Tale'.
Bowness Lake Cruise
Windermere Lake Cruise, Bowness

Windermere Lake Cruise, Bowness

Windermere Lake Cruises trace their origins back to Victorian days, steamers and launches carry over 1.35 million visitors each year. The steamers have saloons, promenade decks, teashops and licensed bars
World of Beatrix Potter
World of Beatrix Potter

World of Beatrix Potter Attraction

The World of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere is a vibrant visitor centre offering a unique experience for all the family. Explore a magical world where all 23 enchanting tales are brought to life
Wray Castle Lake Cruise
Wray Castle Cruise

Windermere Lake Cruise, Wray Castle

Windermere Lake Cruises trace their origins back to Victorian days, steamers and launches carry over 1.35 million visitors each year. The steamers have saloons, promenade decks, teashops and licensed bars
Brockhole
Brockhole Visitor Centre

Brockhole, The Lake District Visitor Centre

Enjoy a day out at the National Park Visitor Centre. Our indoor exhibitions, the famous Thomas Mawson gardens and an exciting adventure playground ensure something for all the family.
Waterhead Lake Cruise
Waterhead Lake Cruise

Windermere Lake Cruise, Waterhead

Windermere Lake Cruises trace their origins back to Victorian days, steamers and launches carry over 1.35 million visitors each year. The steamers have saloons, promenade decks, teashops and licensed bars.
Rydal Mount
Rydal Mount

Rydal Mount

Rydal Mount, Wordsworth's best loved home for 37 years. Here he wrote many of his poems and revised and improved much of his earlier works including the Prelude and the famous 'Daffodils' poem.
Dove Cottage
Dove Cottage

Dove Cottage

Take an entertaining guided tour of Dove Cottage and hear about the Wordsworths’ daily life and stories about their famous visitors.
Allan Bank
Allan Bank

Allan Bank

Make yourself comfortable in the former home of National Trust Founder, Canon Rawnsley. Only partially restored and decorated, this isn’t a typical National Trust experience.
Wray Castle
Wray Castle

Wray Castle

Wray Castle came to us without its contents so you will not see a 'typical' National Trust house full of paintings, furniture and antiques with an accompanying owner-family history through the ages.
Grasmere

Penrith to Ullswater

Penrith to Ullswater
Glendridding Steamers
Glendridding Steamers

Ullswater Steamers, Glendridding

Ullswater 'Steamers' is an award winning environmentally accredited Lake District attraction celebrating over 150 years
Aira Force
Aira Force

Aira Force

The stream which flows over Aira Forcel is Aira Beck, which rises on the upper slopes of Stybarrow Dodd at a height of 720 metres and flows north-easterly before turning south, blocked by the high heather-covered slopes of Gowbarrow Fell
Pooley Bridge Steamers
Pooley Bridge

Ullswater Steamers, Pooley Bridge

Ullswater 'Steamers' is an award winning environmentally accredited Lake District attraction celebrating over 150 year
Dalemain
Dalemain

Dalemain

Dalemain is a fine mixture of medieval, Tudor and early Georgian architecture. The imposing Georgian façade strikes the visitor immediately but in the cobbled courtyard the atmosphere of the north country Tudor manor is secure.
Lowther Castle
Lowther Castle

Lowther Castle

The ruined castle and gardens at Lowther stand on a limestone escarpment at the Northern edge of the Lake District National Park - one of England's greatest gardens, once famous, but unseen for 70 years.
Rheged Centre
Rheged Centre

Rheged Centre

Housed in a building of architectural merit, Rheged is home to 10 individual shops selling artisan food, outdoor clothing, women’s clothes from brands such as seasalt, joules and noa noa, children’s toys, shoes and clothes
Brougham Hall
Brougham Hall

Brougham Hall

This is a site of considerable historical interest from Bronze Age onwards. As part of the amenities of the hall for wedding receptions there is also a 1310 chapel.
Brougham Castle
Brougham Castle

Brougham Castle

Picturesque Brougham Castle was begun in the early 13thC by Robert de Vieuxpont, near the site of a Roman fort guarding the crossing of the River Eamont.
Penrith Town Centre
Exploring Cumbria Without a Car

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