Have you got an electric car? It’s easy to enjoy a day out in the Lakes in your EV, with charging points across the area; and some brilliant places to visit!

We were recently fortunate enough to have the chance to drive an electric BMW for a few days thanks to Lloyd South Lakes BMW – and of course, we made full use of it! Travelling around the Lake District, Cumbria, in an electric car turned out to be a breeze: with charging points across the county, and a range of up to 250 miles, we were more than covered when it came to getting around.

Today, we’re highlighting two separate areas: the North Lakes, and the Western Coast.

Lowther Castle

North Lakes

We begin our day with a visit to Lowther Castle, where there is also an EV charging point in the car park so you can charge while you explore. This impressive Gothic castle was originally built in the early 1800s. In 1957 it was demolished, with everything including the windows removed and sold after its owner the ‘Yellow Earl’, the 5th Earl of Lonsdale, was no longer able to afford it due to his lavish lifestyle. The dramatic ruins which remain make for a fascinating place to visit. Travelling with kids? There’s a huge outdoor adventure playground, The Lost Castle, to explore.

Another Place Ullswater

Then, it’s on to Another Place for lunch on the shores of Ullswater. This contemporary hotel boasts a stunning location and a relaxed place to eat and drink. Choose from woodfired pizza in the glasshouse by the lake and casual dining in The Living Space. Feeling adventurous? You can book a watersports session and learn how to paddleboard or kayak; or go wild swimming with an expert guide.

Tip: guests at the hotel can use the onsite EV charging point.

If you find yourself with a little more time, head out for a cruise on Ullswater with Ullswater Steamers; drive the short distance to the town of Penrith; or head across to Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens.


West Coast

Our journey along the West Coast begins in Whitehaven: a coastal town with a  rich history. Did you know it was used as the template for the expansion of New York back in the 18th century! In the town centre you’ll find a number of EV charging points, as well as The Beacon Museum – our first stop of the day.

Beacon Museum

This fascinating museum tells the story of Copeland, with interactive exhibits on the social, industrial and maritime heritage of the area. There’s also a stunning viewing gallery offering breath taking views of Whitehaven and the Solway Coast.

Once you’ve taken it all in, head across to The Rum Story to learn more about Whitehaven’s maritime past. Learn about the town’s history within the rum trade, with exhibits in the original cellars and bonded warehouses of 1785. There’s also a glass-topped courtyard – the perfect place for a snack or lunch, before you continue your journey.

Maryport Senhouse Museum

After lunch, head up the coast to Maryport: a maritime town with fascinating Roman connections. It’s located along the Hadrian’s Wall UNESCO World Heritage Site, near to what was once the Roman fort of Alauna. The Senhouse Roman Museum is a great place to discover this rich history and heritage: it houses an internationally significant Roman collection in a Victorian Naval Batter, and overlooks the Solway Firth.

EV Charging

Charging points:

  • Booths have fast charging points at their stores, which can be found across Cumbria. While you’re charging you can browse the shelves for local produce or enjoy coffee and cake at their onsite cafés.
  • Staying a while? A number of hotels and accommodation options across the area offer EV charging points for guests.
  • Check out our handy map for a comprehensive list of EV charging points across Cumbria

A huge thank you to Lloyds South Lakes BMW for kindly loaning us the BMW iX used on this road trip. All opinions are our own.




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