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.
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:
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.
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.
Bowness Bay information centre has been refitted following floods and our information staff are ready to help you make the most of your time in the Lake District.
Team members will be on site to welcome you from 10.00am til 4.30pm
Ullswater information centre is temporarily closed until Easter 2017, whilst we repair the damage caused to the main building during the December 2015 floods.
All guided walks and navigation sessions (advertised as starting from Ullswater information centre, Glenridding) will continue to start from the main information centre building in the Beckside Car Park, CA11 0PD.
Watch our video about the creation of the Ullswater Way earlier this year. We joined together with the community and local businesses to create a new, 20-mile walking route connecting the spectacular scenery along the shores of Ullswater with the picturesque villages and attractions.
All of the car parks operated by LDNP are currently open, except Beech Hill, Bowness.
You can also find useful information on the council websites: