Leave the car behind and head for the South Lakes via public transport, with the Lakes Day Ranger ticket. Offering excellent value for a car free day out, this combined ticket includes rail travel from Lancaster, Morecambe, Heysham and Carnforth to the Lake District; unlimited Stagecoach bus travel once you’re there; and a boat cruise on Windermere. If you prefer the bus, the ticket also includes the Stagecoach 555 bus service from Lancaster.

Not only is it excellent value for money at £56 for a family day out, it’s also better for our environment too. Visit www.visitlakedistrict.com/carfree for some possible itineraries to explore the South Lakes using a Lakes Day Ranger ticket, thanks to the Low Carbon Lake District Programme, Funded by the European Structural Investment Fund.

There’s a family friendly adventure to take in a boat cruise to the new West Windermere Way and other attractions, or a foodie forage visiting some renowned Cumbrian food stops along the way. For the culture buffs, head North to the quintessential Lake District village of Grasmere; former home to William Wordsworth or Ambleside for shopping, culture and great walks.

The Lakes Day Ranger Ticket

  • Includes rail travel with Northern, Avanti West coast and TransPennine Express services between Lancaster; and Workington (via Barrow in Furness); Penrith / Windermere (via Oxenholme Lake District); and Morecambe and Heysham Port.
  • Includes bus travel on all Stagecoach buses within Cumbria; and the 555 service between Cumbria and Lancaster.
  • The ticket also includes a single ticket on a half lake cruise on Windermere Lake Cruises scheduled services. These include the Red Cruise, which travels from Bowness – Ambleside; and the Yellow Cruise, which travels from Bowness – Lakeside.

Ticket prices:

  • Adult: £28.50
  • Child: £14.25 (under 5’s normally travel free)
  • Railcard holders: £18.80
  • Family ticket: £56 (up to four people travelling together; max 2 adults. Two adults can travel without a chid)

Prices correct at time of publication. Please check before you travel. For full details and how to buy, visit National Rail.

Start planning your adventure at www.visitlakedistrict.com/carfree where you can download a suggested itinerary and route map.

You can find out more about the Low Carbon Lake District Project at https://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/caringfor/policies/lowcarbonlakedistrict