From last night’s Keswick Reminder:
‘…Whinlatter Traffic Management Measures.
In order to address problems arising from visitors parking on roadside verges, the Forestry Commission team at Whinlatter has been working closely with local Parish Councils, police, and the County Council over a number of months.
A spokesperson told the Keswick Reminder: ‘The Forestry Commission has been granted planning permission to build an overflow car park, which will increase the parking capacity at Whinlatter Visitor Centre by 70 spaces. The car park is currently being built below the existing car park, with trees along the roadside screening cars from the pass and ensuring there is limited landscape impact.
‘In addition to the extra car parking for peak times, the LNDPA has also granted planning permission, on the basis that a traffic regulation order was in place, for the Forestry Commission to operate the car park.
‘This has been arranged by Cumbria County Council and double yellow lines will be painted along the Pass to ensure that potentially dangerous verge parking is eradicated. This work will be carried out in the next few weeks’.
Car parking charges at Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre and Revelin Moss car park have remained at 2011 levels and are in line with the National Park and National Trust. All the money raised from car parking goes back into maintaining the forest and visitor facilities. There is also the option to park at one of the outlying car parks in the forest and walk or cycle up to the main visitor centre. An annual Discovery Pass for Whinlatter gives visitors free parking all year round and costs just £40. The pass can be bought from the visitor centre or online at http://www.foresty.gov.uk/discoverypass…’.Posted 6 years ago
with trees along the roadside screening cars from the pass and ensuring there is limited landscape impact.
Its not like Forestry Commision actually chop trees down or anything?
+1 to not parking on the roadside.
Discovered the other day that if you help out with FC trail-building sessions, you can earn a free car-parking pass. 3 build sessions = pass for 1 forest. 5 sessions = North of England pass.Posted 6 years ago
I didn’t enjoy the Whinlatter MTB circuit very much so I’m not likely to be hurrying back there. In fact I can quite happily entertain myself in the Lakes off road on a bike without the help of a poxy trail centre! That’s not to say I hate them all…quite liked Laggan, but it was totally empty on the evening I cycled up there.
That one time I did go to Whinlatter was a bow to peer pressure from a house guest. I was quite happy to pay to park but the car park was full so I had to go further up the Pass and I managed to park perfectly safely in a layby where I caused no problem to anyone. The other time I was there was to support someone doing the Fred Whitton challenge and once again the car park was full so we parked on the road. It was fairly chaotic but everyone managed without the help of double yellow lines.
What they are outlining in the link above is a pretty scummy attempt by vested interests to ensure they milk money out of people seeking to engage in outdoor pursuits.
WHO NEEDS DOUBLE YELLOW LINES IN A WILDERNESS FFS? LDNPA ARE SUPPOSED TO BE GUARDING THIS PRECIOUS LANDSCAPE AND ALL THEY CAN THINK ABOUT IS MAKING BLOODY MONEY. THERE IS A VERY DEEP CANCER AT THE HEART OF THAT ORGANISATION.
Isn’t there Bob?
There has to be a balance but it should always favour preservation, they always seem to manage to come down on the side of money. Isn’t that strange Bob?
Maybe someone called Bob has something to do with this problem!
Maybe Bob should go!!Posted 6 years agojoao3v16Member
What they are outlining in the link above is a pretty scummy attempt by vested interests to ensure they milk money out of people seeking to engage in outdoor pursuits
I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect people to pay for parking at Whinlatter.
Centres like this don’t just exist by magic.
A lot of money is needed for building, maintenance, improvements etcPosted 6 years ago
Thanks for the rant appreciation comment.
The point is that this is a wilderness location. You are viewing it soley in the light of the mtb trail centre being there. I agree it’s fine for folk using that to pay for it. The trail centre is a side issue. Surrounding it is the wider issue of a wilderness to which the public have access. Putting yellow lines there purely to ensure you are milking the pockets of a single purpose user of what is a very small trail comparative to all the other trails/paths in that range of hills, is not fair on all the other users. Unless you are saying we must now PAY to go for a walk, which LDNPA seem to be increasingly doing. It has the effect of resricting access. It is not good…AND…… DOUBLE YELLOW LINES on a Lakeland Pass????Posted 6 years ago
They are not thinking straight.
Money is clouding their judgement.
you can park at the bottom of the blue route for free here
I think charging to park at the visitor centre is fine, money goes into developing stuff.
I’ve never been too bothered about trail centres before, but discovered the massive advantage when going there with my 3-year old son. I could go for a ride with him, then I head out on the Altura trail and he plays in the activity park thing. Everyone’s a winner.
Billyboy, sounds like you don’t like Bob. Who is he?Posted 6 years agogrumMember
So billyboy what do you suggest doing about the parking problems at Whinlatter? I think describing it as a ‘wilderness’ area is a little ridiculous as well TBH.
And if you want to enjoy the most popular bits of the Lakes without paying for parking there are plenty of places you can get to by public transport.Posted 6 years agobungalisticSubscriber
The excessive parking on the verges was becoming a little bit of an issue so I can see their reasons for doing what they have proposed. Although I always liked the wee layby just down from the centre that was free and could quite easily hold a few cars if sensibly parked.
I find their parking fees a little steep so if i’m going up on my own I will find a place to park to avoid them. I know of plenty.Posted 6 years agostumpyjonSubscriber
Discovered the other day that if you help out with FC trail-building sessions, you can earn a free car-parking pass. 3 build sessions = pass for 1 forest. 5 sessions = North of England pass
going to be discussing it on Sunday on the Gisburn dig day. I’ve already got enough dig days logged from last year to get the full pass, might even make the effort to get up to Whinlatter now.Posted 6 years agoagentdagnamitMember
The car park is too expensive, I’ve used the verge outside instead. If it had been £2 or £3 I would have paid to park. I dont feel guilty, and wouldnt block a Lakeland pass, but this isnt pristine wilderness, it’s a hill covered in crops that are regularly harvested. The area has a road through it and a load of man made bike trails, what else could be done to make it less attractive?
Having said that, a good otion is to park nearer the bottom, ride up and join the south blue loop and then finish off with a ride down Seldom Seen, great piece of trail.Posted 6 years agosenor jSubscriber
They had to do something.Last few times I’ve been, cars had been parked on the road along to the crest of the hill. Stupid and dangerous.
I witnessed a near accident involving a bus coming up what was essentially a single lane – the car going down did well to stop.
Get fitter and have more fun – Powter How. 😀Posted 6 years ago
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