Rights of Way Temporary Closures

Cumbria floods

Following the recent flooding in Cumbria, our rangers are proactively responding to and assessing damage to countryside access, this includes public paths, bridges and gates along those routes. If you see any damage along these routes please report it to our area ranger teams.

Changes to access in the National Park

What is a Traffic Regulation Order?

A TRO is a legal order regulating traffic on public highways. This includes footpaths, bridleways, byways, restricted byways and carriageways with a predominantly unsealed surface. They can restrict:

  • All or certain specified types of user. For example, all mechanically propelled vehicles except motorbikes
  • Use to certain times or seasons. For example, days of the week or width/height/length limits
  • The extent of road affected. For example, the whole of a road or to a specified length

Current Traffic Regulation Orders and Notice

Temporary Closure of Part of Footpath 545023 North of Troutbeck Church, Troutbeck Parish

Date of change:  12 July 2017

We have issued a Notice to temporarily close part of Footpath 545023 North of Troutbeck Church, Troutbeck Parish, between grid references NY 4118 0328 and NY 4124 0287 because of danger to the public due to subsidence and collapse of the path surface.  The notice comes into effect on 12 July 2017 and will continue in force for a maximum of 21 days.

If the likelihood of danger still exists after this time, we may make a second notice, or a Temporary Prohibition of Through Traffic Order, which could be in force for up to six months.

An alternative route is available using other rights of way (as shown on the map).

If you have any queries, please contact Sarah Blakemore, Rights of Way and Access Assistant on 01539 792698 ext. 2730 or sarah.blakemore@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Link to map: Notice and Map

Expires: 1 August 2017

Notice of Intention to Prohibit Traffic over Footpath 238036/249058 at Springs Wood, Keswick Parish and St John's Castlerigg & Wythburn Parish - Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Date of change:  6 July 2017

We intend to make an Order to temporarily close part of Footpath 238036/249058 at Springs Wood between NY 2755 2262 and NY 2783 2263 to enable bridge replacement works as part of the 'Routes to Resilience' Flood Recovery Project following Storm Desmond.

If you have any queries, please contact Sarah Blakemore, Rights of Way and Access Assistant on 01539 762698 ext.2730 or sarah.blakemore@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Link to map:  Springs Wood

Expiry:  22 July 2017

Notice of Intention to Prohibit Traffic over Footpath 561009/575016 at Birk Field, Strickland Roger and Over Staveley Parishes - Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Date of change:  22 July 2017

We have made an Order to temporarily close part of Footpath 561009/575016 at Birk Field, between SD 4826 9902 and SD 4866 9898, to enable bridge replacement works as part of the 'Routes to Resilience' Flood Recovery Project following Storm Desmond.

If you have any queries, please contact Sarah Blakemore, Rights of way and Access Assistant on 01539 762698 ext.2730 or sarah.blakemore@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Link to map:  Birk Field Strickland Roger and Over Staveley Parishes

Expiry: 22 February 2018

Notice of Intention to Prohibit Traffic over Footpath 561008/575029 at Frost Hole, Strickland Roger and Over Staveley Parishes - Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Date of change: 22 July 2017

We intend to make an Order to temporarily close part of footpath 561008/575029 to enable bridge replacement works as part of the 'Routes to Resilience' Flood Recovery Project following Storm Desmond.

If you have any queries, please contact Sarah Blakemore, Rights of Way and Access Assistant on 01539 762698 ext.2730 or sarah.blakemore@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Link to Map: Frost Hole Strickland Roger and Over Staveley

Expiry: 22 February 2018

Notice of Intention to prohibit traffic over Footpath 255002 at Dodd Wood South, Underskiddaw Parish - Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Date of change: 30 June 2017

We intend to make an Order to temporarily close part of Footpath 255002 at Dodd Wood South in Underskiddaw parish between grid references NY 2507 2649 and NY 2481 2723, to allow the Forestry Commission to harvest and extract timber.

If you have any queries, please contact Sarah Blakemore, Rights of Way and Access Assistant on 01539 762698 ext.2730 or sarah.blakemore@lakedistrict.gov.uk.

Link to notice and map:  FP 255002 at Dodd Wood South, Underskiddaw

Expiry:  17 July 2017

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 - Bridleway 305001/306007 south west of Scales Farm, Askham Parish & Bampton Parish

Date of change:  3 July 2017

We have made an Order to temporarily close bridleway 305001/306007 from Scales Farm to the access land boundary south west of Dalehead to enable United Utilities to install a bridge on the bridleway over Brown Beck.

If you have any queries, please contact Sarah Blakemore, Rights of Way and Access Assistant on  01539 762698 ext.2730 or sarah.blakemore@lakedistrict.gov.uk.

Link to notice, order and map:  Bridleway 305001/306007.

Expires: Wednesday 3 January 2018

Notice of Intention to Prohibit Traffic in Connection with the West Cumbria Pipeline Project - Temporary Closures of Various Rights of Way in Bassenthwaite and Underskiddaw Parishes - Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Date of change:  14 July 2017

We have made seven orders to temporarily close the rights of way listed below to enable construction works for the West Cumbria Pipeline Project.  Alternative routes will be available as shown on the plans and notices placed on site.

Bassenthwaite Parish

  1. Part of Footpath 206019 at Scarness from NY 2233 3075 to NY 2263 3082
  2. Part of Bridleway  206029 (Green Lane) from NY 2249 3016 to NY 2251 3018
  3. Footpath 206041 south of Green Lane from NY 2251 2995 to NY 2267 3034
  4. Part of Footpath 206022 (Lane to St Bega's Church) from NY 2292 2903 to NY 2293 2205
  5. Part of Footpath 206023 at Mire House from NY 2299 2854 to 2302 2853.

Underskiddaw Parish

  1. Part of Footpath 255001 at Dancing Beck from NY 2456 2623 to NY 2458 2627
  2. Part of Footpath 255010 at Thrushwood from NY 2625 2490 to NY 2627 2493.

If you have any queries, please contact Sarah Blakemore, Rights of Way and Access Assistant on 01539 762698 ext.2730 or sarah.blakemore@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Link all 7 closures - BW 206029 Green Lane, FP 206019 Scarness, FP 206022 Lane at St Bega's Church, FP 206023 Mire House, FP 206041 South of Green Lane, FP 255001 Dancing Beck, FP 255010 Thrushwood

Expiry:  Sunday 15 October 2017

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, Footpath 551048 at Langholme Beck, Lowick Parish

Date of change:  24 May 2017

We have made an Order to temporarily close part of Footpath 551048 in Lowick parish between grid references SD 2885 8647 and SD 2922 8647 west of Lowick Bridge Farm because of danger to the public from an unsafe bridge at SD 2908 8649 over Langholme Beck, and to enable works to repair the bridge.

If you have any queries, please contact Sarah Blakemore, Rights of Way and Access Assistant on 01539 762698 ext.2730 or sarah.blakemore@lakedistrict.gov.uk.

Link to order: FP 551048 at Langholme Beck

Expires:  24 November 2017

Notice of Intention to prohibit traffic over bridleway 407060, Bleach Green, Ennerdale and Kinniside Parish Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Date of change:  8 May 2017

We have made an Order to temporarily close part of bridleway 407060 between the road at Bleach Green and the weir at Ennerdale Lakeshore to enable construction traffic to be segregated from the public.  A temporary alternative wheelchair accessible  route will be available immediately to the north of the closed section.

If you have any queries, please contact Sarah Blakemore, Rights of Way and Access Assistant on 01539 762698 ext.2730 or sarah.blakemore@lakedistrict.gov.uk.

Link to map: Notice Order and Plan - Bleach Green

Expiry: Wednesday 8 November 2017

Notice of Intention to prohibit traffic over Bridleway 409031, Blengdale Forest, Gosforth Parish

Date of change: 27 February 2017

We have made an Order to temporarily close part of bridleway 409031 in the northern part of Blengdale Forest for approximately two months to enable the Forestry Commission to harvest timber.

If you have any queries, please contact Sarah Blakemore, Rights of Way and Access Assistant on 01539 762698 ext.2730 or sarah.blakemore@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Link to notice and order:  Blengdale Forest

Expiry: Sunday 27 August 2017

How we tell people about the closures

Before we make an Order we have to tell people what we intend to do and why. These Notices of Intention are published in the local press and on this website at least 7 days before the Order is made.

Sometimes we have to make restrictions immediately using a Traffic Regulation Notice, for example if there is a danger to the public. These are advertised on the affected path and last for up to 21 days.

Types of Traffic Regulation Order and how to apply

There are several different types of Traffic Regulation Order. Find out more, including how to apply, on our Traffic Regulation Management page.