Cumbria floods

Published on: 18 Nov 2016

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Latest update on our Cumbria floods recovery work as we announce 'Routes to Resilience'.

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In December 2015, severe flooding left its mark on the Lake District National Park. 

We are delighted to announce on Friday 18 November, a £3million grant will kick-start ‘Routes to Resilience’, our 18-month flood recovery programme.

There’s still work to do, however the vast majority of the National Park is accessible and our communities and businesses are keen to share the message ‘Cumbria is open’.

If you are planning to go walking, cycling or horse riding, it is useful to check routes in advance. We have provided a map showing the status of the rights of way we have surveyed, as well as listings of temporary rights of way closures. Any road closures can be found on Cumbria County Council’s website.

To find out what else is happening in the Lake District National Park follow us on Twitter @lakedistrictnpa or take a look at our news pages.

How did the 2015 floods affect the Lake District National Park?

Of the 3113km of rights of way we look after, 562km were affected, leaving us with a repair bill of £5.8million, and limiting access and enjoyment for those who live, work and visit the National Park.

Immediately following the floods, we quickly surveyed and prioritised those areas most affected, and found:

  • 257 missing or damaged bridges in need of replacement or significant repair
  • 165 public paths with surface damage, undercutting or that were lost to river action
  • 108 damaged pieces of access furniture, such as gates, stiles, signs

Getting out and about in the Lake District

If you are planning to go out in the Lake District in the near future, as usual we recommend you prepare before setting out. This can include checking the weather on the Lake District Weatherline website or by following @LakesWeather on Twitter. Following the floods, some of the paths on the lower fells became loose meaning the ground may be less stable underfoot. Our advice remains consistent when walking on the fells: if you are unsure whether it is safe to continue along a route, please consider turning back.

There are still a small number of bridge and path closures in place for people’s safety. It is important that people take notice of the signs and cordons and do not cross them. If you see bridges, paths or tree damage that needs reporting please contact our area rangers.

Keswick and Thirlmere (A591)

The popular railway path between Keswick and Threlkeld was damaged during the floods. We have reopened around half of the route, but the remaining section is closed. For alternative routes, maps and frequently asked questions, take a look at our Keswick to Threlkeld Railway path project page.

The A591 road between Grasmere and Keswick is now fully reconnected. We played our part in the reconnection project with the creation of a new multi-user trail over Dunmail Raise providing a traffic-free section on this popular route.

There remains some access restrictions in place around Thirlmere, more information and a map can be found on the Northern Lake District Area page.

Keswick information centre is open from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

The Keswick Tourism Association (KTA) website also has some useful information about Keswick.

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