The transport system in the Lake District was originally constructed in order to transport horses around, which is one reason why the traffic situation in the national park is sometimes so troubling.
The number of visitors coming by car to the Lake District has increased significantly over the years but the roads have not been substantially upgraded meaning that they are often clogged and busy during peak periods. Recent figures have shown that 16 million people visit the Lake District, and over 90 percent of them do it by car.
It is clear that this is a problem however most people are still unwilling to travel by public transportation if they have a vehicle. It is important that people realise that the Lake District becoming crowded with cars doesn’t just pollute the area, but it does make it more unattractive. Many people would want to see a national park without cars however when you consider how reliant we are upon the mid looks like an impossible task.
There are transport schemes to the area which are sustainable but most people are generally unaware that they are a very practical option to getting to the Lake District. It is hoped that a new scheme which is being launched shortly is going to improve the situation of people taking public transport.
The scheme is being run by Go Lakes Travel and it is being called Drive Less, See More. The idea behind the scheme is that by travelling through some other method other than a car, you are going to see more of the Lake District when you visit. They are encouraging people to travel by foot, bikes, boat and bus in order to get to the national park.
Many of the most popular walking routes in the national park are now being connected to public transport which means that it is very easy for people to get to the start of their walk without having to drive. Cycling is also being made easier in the national park especially when it comes to getting in and out of it.