A campaign has been launched against possible cuts to rail links to the Lake District.
Those who like to go walking
in the national park may wish to leave the car behind or not have their own transport and they can currently take advantage of the Lakes Line, which connects Manchester and its airport with Windermere.
Connections across south Cumbria to Barrow-in-Furness and the western fringes of the national park are also served from the metropolitan area, but under new plans these direct services will be greatly reduced after 2014, slowing journeys down as passengers have to change at Preston or Lancaster.
Barrow MP John Woodcock has launched the Cumbria Better Connected campaign website to oppose this and has already received the backing of Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron.
Walks that can be undertaken from the train include the Kentmere Horseshoe, by getting off the Lakes Line at Staveley, while the line continuing up the west coast of Cumbria from Barrow serves Ravenglass, from where the Ravenglass and Eskdale narrow gauge railway offers a further link to the valleys near the foot of England's highest mountains.