Electric cars drivers are being invited to take the Lake District's EV Trail which goes through a number of iconic spots. The 74-mile route includes a variety of charging facilities including 50kW rapid chargers.

En route are highlights of the Lake District World Heritage Site including Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere, Keswick, Ullswater and Penrith. Experiencing the attractions on the route is best done over a few days or even a week. This will allow the most sustainable enjoyment of the area’s lakes, forests, mountains, castles and other historical locations.

There also many venues for lovers of food and drink. There's also a wide variety of visitor destinations including arts/culture venues and outdoor experiences, and even the chance to sample the products from the winners of the World Marmalade Awards.

Accommodation options in the area cater for all tastes and budgets, ranging from hotels to pubs, B&Bs and campsites. In addition to driving the EV Trail with zero tailpipe emissions, which contributes cleaner air in the region, there are also many sections of the EV Trail that can be completed on foot, by bike, or by public transport. These, of course, include boats on the region's stunning lakes. 

The EV Trail chargepoints have been funded by the Low Carbon Lake District Project, with support from the European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The trail includes a growing number of chargepoints, including rapid charging locations. An additional 900 new chargepoints are due to be installed thanks to funding from the Department for Transport’s Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) grant.

The Lake District EV Trail has been created by Cumbria Tourism on behalf of the Low Carbon Lake District Project. More details about the EV Trail can be found at the Visit Lake District website.

The Low Carbon Lake District Project is a comprehensive programme which helps tackle climate change in the National Park and with local businesses and communities. The aim is to reduce greenhouse gases and prepare for the impacts of climate change.

The initiative is led by the Lake District National Park Authority, the Lake District Foundation, the National Trust, Westmorland Furness Council and Cumbria Tourism.