Lake District City Park and Sailing Program set to return this year

Park and Sail Program with Keswick Launch Company

The successful Park and Sail initiative, hailed as a big hit in 2021, will return this year.

The scheme, run by Keswick Launch Company, Keswick Rugby Club, the community of Portinscale, the Lake District National Park and the Keswick Tourism Association, aims to help reduce vehicle overloading on the west side of Derwentwater, as well as to reduce vehicle emissions in the Lake District. National Park and World Heritage Site.

Park and Sail involves Keswick Rugby Club’s 200 parking spaces, in particular its previously underused 150 space overflow car park. Users pay £4 for a day’s parking, which entitles them to a 15% discount on launch services that day for the voucher presenter and up to a maximum of four of their passengers.

Keswick Launch Company now operates a shuttle service to Hawse End at the foot of Cat Bells, in addition to its other services. Users access the launches by a short walk through Crow Park.

Douglas Hodgson of Keswick Launch Company said: “We are delighted to be teaming up with Keswick Rugby Club again and encouraging people to access the west side of Derwent Water and the wider area in this fantastic and sustainable.”

Keswick Rugby Club’s Trevor Keough added: “It’s just great to be able to start again. Everyone wins with the scheme; the club, Keswick Launch Company, the local community and visitors.

Day-trippers walking to Cat Bells or visiting the west side of the lake should again be the primary beneficiaries of Park and Sail, but users can still cruise around the lake.

Vanessa Metcalfe from the Keswick Tourism Association said: ‘The Hawse End Shuttle is brilliant for accessing Cat Bells but there is so much more that can be done via Launch including Newlands Fells, Ashness Fells, Lodore, Grange , Castle Crag and of course Lingholm and Portinscale. We will be sharing some of these walks in blogs and on social media over the course of the year.

Emma Moody, Senior Strategy Advisor, Lake District National Park Authority, added: ‘Once again this year we ask all visitors to take care of the Lake District and be ‘Lake District Kind’. By using Park and Sail you can have a more relaxing and enjoyable day while caring for the environment and benefiting the local community.

John Wilson, from the Portinscale community group DSSTAG, added: ‘A launch trip to or from Hawse End has to be the best way to start or end a march. A world class experience in itself – no doubt. There are also great places to eat and drink west of the lake.”

Daniel E. Murphy