Corporate Social Responsibility
A Guide for Visitors
As a guest staying at one of our English Lakes establishments we are pleased to inform you, you have already contributed to saving the environment by booking with a company that is committed to green tourism and conservation of the local environment, which we thank you for, and we hope you enjoy your stay.
Below are some additional things you can do to help conserve and recycle.
Planning your Journey
- Planning your journey by bus, coach or train - or any combination of the three Tel: 0870 608 2608 Or log onto www.travelcumbria.org.uk/ and www.thetrainline.com/ to plan your trip.
- Visitors using there car, plan the most efficient route.
- Bring your bike, this way leaving the car in the free car park and cycle around the Lakes, we have storage if needed for your bikes.
- Before packing those new walking shoes or clothing, please dispose / recycle all packaging before setting off.
Exploring during your stay
- Car free Cumbria...Get out of your car! You are in the UK’s adventure capital, so experiencing the landscape by mountain bike or hiking is simply the best way to take in its beauty and it is healthy.
Reception have a comprehensive list of local walks within easy access of local bus services, and at Low Wood Bay, you have the option of direct access to a water bus service, which picks up on the canon jetty and takes you direct to Ambleside and the Lakes Cruises service.
- Public transport...Use public transport instead of your car. It’s cheap, takes you to places you might not have necessarily thought of before, links you to top attractions and is so much better for keeping this place special by being more environmentally friendly. It is also a superb way to meet local people who can give you insider tips on where to go that other tourists might not – explore!
Reception have a comprehensive time tables of local bus services
- Look close...Always check first what there is to see right on your doorstep, we can guarantee there is something amazing to see just around that corner that doesn’t require much travelling at all.
Located within all our hotels are local attraction points, these detail many exciting things to see and do during your stay, all mostly within easy walking distance or accessible by local transport.
- Taste the Lakes...Cumbria has an abundance of local flavours and traditions. Taste or experience these in our restaurants, as guest of English Lakes you have the option of being able to dine within any of our Restaurant alternatively experience local flare at many eateries during your day’s employing the North West and Cumbria.
Those guests on Dinner, bed and Breakfast you are not restricted to just the hotel restaurant you are staying in, all English Lakes restaurant will take your reservation and offset dinner inclusive to your room account. Please be advised menu supplement may be applied.
- Shop till you drop...While you are shopping use reusable carrier bags and discourage plastic bags in shops if you don’t need them.
- Mind your step...If you are enjoying walking on our beautiful Fells, always follow the Countryside Code. These landscapes are more sensitive than you may think so tread carefully!
- Flower power...We have some beautiful yet fragile and, in many cases, rare species of flora and fauna, please do not pick these. The best way of remembering these special flowers or features is take a photo, maybe use your mobile phone, which is light.
- Local guides...There are so many tour companies around it is often difficult to know which one to choose. Go for one with local guides as they will know far much more about the area and you will be helping to support local jobs for local people.
- We strongly recommend either "Mountain Goat Tours" they will pick you up direct from your hotel and take you on a guided tour without the hassle of having to navigate. There web site is www.mountain-goat.com or tel: 015394 45161, leaflet available at reception.
- And Windermere Lakes Cruises provide a comprehensive service direct from Low Wood Bay Cannon jetty with direct links to Ambleside services. Again leave the car and explore using this service and get close to hand with the wonders of the Lake. www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk or Tel: 015294 43360.
How can you help whilst using your accommodation
- Switch off...Look out of your window, there is so much to see here, you don’t need to be watching the television! But if you are, please make sure you switch it off properly when you are not using it...and not just on stand-by. And the same for all those lights you don’t need please.
All rooms excluding 100’s 200’s and old house room have energy saving devises, the electric to your room is only activated when you place your key card in the devise located by the door. This ensures electric is only supplied when the room is in use.
- Save water...Although it might seem we have all the water we need with all that rain and in our lakes, but like everywhere else it is really important we save water. Take a shower instead of a bath, not only will this cut water consumption but it’s quicker so you have more time to enjoy your stay!
- Less laundry...Follow our towel policy, if your towels need washing, simply place them in the bath or the shower. Leave any clean towels folded on the towel rail or sink unit.
Buy not washing any towels unnecessarily this will help us to reduce the amount of detergents getting into the lakes and by choosing to reuse your towels you are helping protect the beautiful lakes we all love.
- Recycle...we have sufficient recycling services; for Paper, Batteries and glass bottles, please ask at reception and we will recycled these items.
On check out you will note, for every evening you stay a £1 conservation donation is applied to your final bill, this is a voluntary donation. Those guest wishing not to help conserve our environment, please ask reception and the donation will be deducted.
When you get home
Feedback...English Lakes cherishes it's environment, so if you have any comments or feedback about how we are managing our environment, let someone know.
Continued support...If you visited one of our many conservation reserves, think about donating to help it continue. See what projects you could support or volunteer for by looking at the Tourism and Conservation Partnership web site.