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Lakes visitors urged to ditch cars for charity

Posted 5 September 2011
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Lakes visitors urged to ditch cars for charity
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Those who like to go walking in the Lake District are being encouraged by conservation charity Nurture Lakeland to avoid using their cars when in the national park this autumn.

It is challenging residents and visitors to collectively clock up as many miles as possible without using their vehicles in the Go the Distance Challenge, which is being launched at the Ullswater Outdoor Festival, which starts on September 24th.

This involves people raising cash through seeking to travel at least 300 miles using means other than cars to travel in the national park.

As well as a range of bus services, there are two ways the national park can be visited by train.

Rail access includes the line from Kendal to Windermere, with a stop in between at Staveley that can be the starting point for walks around the Kentmere valley.

And the West Cumbria line enters the national park by the coast at Ravenglass, from where the Ravenglass to Eskdale steam railway travels several miles inland towards one of the routes up Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain.