Lakes park set to champion hitch-free driving

Posted by Nina (nina) on Feb 29 2012
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One of Cumbria's most environment-friendly holiday parks is making a bid to reduce Lakeland's summer traffic congestion - by encouraging the owners of touring caravans to unhitch.


Skelwith Fold Caravan Park has reduced by half its charges for storing touring caravans, a facility which allows owners to re-visit the park without their caravan on tow.


Director of the Ambleside park, Henry Wild, says the move could help remove "thousands of miles" of distance travelled on Lake District roads each year by touring caravans.


Every owner using the "store and stay" facility, he says, will also contribute to a lessening of carbon emissions in Cumbria, due to the customer's car using less fuel when not towing.


The 130-acre wooded park, which was this year again named as a winner of the David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top gold level, provides 150 pitches for touring caravan owners.


According to Henry, over half of the park's touring guests make more than one visit each year to Skelwith Fold - with many making multiple returns throughout the season:


"We are offering owners the simple proposition of leaving their caravan with us on the first visit, and not returning with it until they have taken their final holiday of the year," he said.


"As well as enjoying easier motoring and better fuel economy, owners will also be helping to reduce the over-crowding of the Lake District's roads which will benefit everyone," added Henry.


Skelwith Fold's nightly "store and stay" charge has been reduced to £4.00 a night for 2012, and may become permanently marked down if the predicted take-up is realised.


Henry says that the move is not designed to create a captive market of holidaymakers, and that owners will not be asked to make a long-term commitment at the start of the season.


"We are charging on a per-night basis so that the owners of touring caravans can, if they wish, visit other parks in Cumbria throughout the year without accruing extra costs with us.


"If they do so, they will still have saved the cost and hassle of bringing their caravan from where they live - and might even appreciate the extra space on their driveway at home!


"Caravan owners play a very big role in supporting Cumbria's rural economy, and this approach could keep the county's vital tourism revenue up while bringing congestion down," said Henry.

Last changed: Feb 29 2012 at 12:21 PM



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