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Work has been completed to restore Helton Bridleway. Popular routes have been upgraded to the fell from Glenridding.
In the aftermath of Storm Desmond, the village of Glenridding was cut off for several days. Extensive damage to properties and businesses had a huge impact on the community.
Contributing to the recovery, our work this summer has secured property at Gillside Campsite and upgraded a popular path linking the pier and local amenities, with routes up to Glenridding Common towards Helvellyn.
In addition to resurfacing, drainage and fencing, the works involved rebuilding and stabilising large sections of collapsed riverbank that risked further damage to property at Gillside Campsite. Large boulders were set into the riverbed to provide a resilient base for stepped sections of Rock Armour and soil battered back at an angle above. This was then surfaced with biodegradable coir matting and pegged with live willow stakes to enhance the bank’s stability and habitat value.
This work was managed by Lake District National Park Ranger Nick Hall and delivered in partnership with the Local Flood Action Group, the Environment Agency, Patterdale Parish Council, local businesses and volunteers.
A popular woodland walk near Sharrow Bay Hotel on Ullswater was repaired in June 2017.
Ged Acton, Routes to Resilience project manager said: “It’s really important that we restore the routes around the Lake District to allow access for both the local community and the 17 million visitors that come to the area each year.”