Car-free adventures inCarlisleCumbria

Cumbria’s ancient county town is just ten miles south of the Scottish border and was previously part of Scotland. This key location has determined its dramatic history as a battleground between the Scots and English. At the confluence of two rivers, on the course of Hadrian’s Wall, Carlisle was endlessly besieged. The Romans built a fort here, the Normans built another… From 1092 to the present day, the massive sandstone castle has been continually occupied. In the 19th century, Carlisle became a huge railway hub with the impressive station serving eight different railway lines, arriving from Scotland, Leeds, Manchester and London.

  1. 3. Take a walk on the wild side

    One of Carlisle’s hidden gems is Rickerby Park, a beautiful riverside landscape with gardens and grazing cows, elegant bridges and memorials. Hadrian’s Wall Path runs along the bank of the River Eden here and there is a small stone circle on the far side with views of the distant hills.

    • A twenty minute walk from the centre of town will get you to Eden Bridge, where you can walk down the steps to explore the nearby gardens and the park beyond.
    • But there are also plenty of buses going that way. Just off English Street near the station, opposite Victoria Viaduct, turn right onto Devonshire Street to find stop G outside the amusingly-named Eaten by Monsters restaurant.
    • Bus 62 runs four times an hour to Stanwix. Hop off as soon as you’ve crossed the bridge and head for the water for a really beautiful stroll through the riverside parkland.

Look out for the Good Journey Mark – where car-free visitors are welcome and enjoy a discount

Visit car-free in 2019!