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Extensive drainage and track restoration on the Old Coffin Route above Rydal and along Wain Lane and Mirk Lane bridleways between Troutbeck and Ambleside has been successfully completed.
Rangers have completed work restoring historical features and drainage works on stone culverts along the popular Old Coffin Route above Rydal Water. The volume of water during Storm Desmond destroyed drains that helped maintain the path, leaving stretches washed out and prone to flooding.
The path was once used to take the dead of Rydal to the church in Grasmere for burial. Easily accessible from tourist attractions like Dove Cottage, the route provides a popular circular walk with access to the fells and great views over Grasmere and Rydal Water.
‘It was a challenging job with a variety of stone drainage features along path’, explained Ranger Scott Duncanson. ‘We’ve restored and increased drainage capacity using traditional methods, which looks great and should ensure the route is accessible in all weather this winter’.
Visitors to the popular Wain Lane area of Windermere can once again enjoy this well-trod walking route.
Scott Duncanson, Flood Recovery Ranger, said: “These paths were like streams for most of the year and largely impassable. The historical drainage problems affecting these routes have also been fixed to avoid future flooding, and finally the public will again have access to these routes.”
These two restored routes will enable tourists to gain direct access to the fells, and farmers and landowners to access their land and stock.