Rights of Way Temporary Closures

Temporary Closures of Rights of Way

Traffic Regulation Order/Notice

Temporary Closures of rights of way are usually to allow works to take place, for example, helicopter stonelifts for Fix the Fells work or replacement of large bridges.  They may also be made for reasons of public safety, for example motor rallies, forestry, utility works or building works that affect public paths.  Orders are planned in advance, and can last up to six months.  Notices are for very short term issues and come into effect immediately.

A longer term Traffic Regulation Order 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 be made for reasons such as:

  • avoiding danger to people or other traffic
  • preserving the character of a road
  • preventing unsuitable use of a road
  • for the purpose of conserving or enhancing the natural beauty of the area

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

Decisions taken under delegated powers

Decisions to make traffic regulation orders are taken under delegated powers.  Under the Openness of Government Regulations 2014 we publish all these decisions which can be seen here (Link to Openness of Government page under construction)

Intention to make an order

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.

Temporary Closure Order - Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Footpath 249077 at Whitehead Coppice, St John's, Castlerigg & Wythburn

Date of change:  16 February 2018

We have made an Order to temporarily close Footpath 249077 at Whitehead Coppice between grid references NY 3142 2463 and NY 3127 2483 to enable cable installation works.  The permissive cycle path over the footpath will also be closed.  An alternative route for walkers and cyclists will be available using the Keswick Railway Path as shown B to C on the attached map.

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

Link to order and map: Whitehead Coppice

Expiry:  16 August 2018

Current Traffic Regulation Orders and Notices

If you have any queries, please contact Nick Thorne, Countryside Access Adviser on 01539 792621 or nick.thorne@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Temporary Restriction of Four-wheeled Vehicles Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Byway Open to All Traffic 529037, Mountain Road, Hawkshead

Date of change:  26 January 2018

We have made an Order to temporarily restrict part of Byway Open to All Traffic 529037 (Mountain Road) to four-wheeled vehicles (including four-wheeled motor vehicles and horse drawn carriages) to enable resurfacing work.  Access will be temporarily closed to four-wheeled vehicles from NY 3416 9947 to NY 3474 0045 for approximately two weeks from 26 January 2018.  Access for all other users will be unaffected.

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 Order, Notice and Plan - Mountain Road, Hawkshead

Expires: 26 July 2018

Prohibit traffic over bridleway 407060, Bleach Green, Ennerdale & Kinniside Parish

Date of change:  8 November 2017

The Secretary of State has authorised the extension to an Order temporarily closing part of bridleway 407060 between the tarmac road at Bleach Green and the weir at Ennerdale Lakeshore to enable construction traffic to be segregated from the public.  A temporary alternative route will be available immediately to the north of the closed section.  Although the extension is in force until August 2018, the original path will be open for use during the winter whilst the works are in abeyance.

If you have any queries, please contact Sarah Blakemore, Rights of Way and Access Assistant on 01539 792730 or sarah.blakemore@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Link to map and notice:  Bleach Green

Expiry:  August 2018

Prohibit Traffic over Footpath 307006 (the Ullswater Way) at Seat Farm, Barton Parish

Date of change: 6 November 2017

We have made an Order to temporarily close part of Footpath 307006 between grid references NY 4616 2223 and NY 4616 2230 to enable construction work adjacent to the path.

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 Order:  Notice and Order

Expires: 6 May 2018

Prohibit Traffic over Footpath 577038 at Bonfire Hall, Underbarrow & Bradleyfield

Date of change:  19 November 2017

We have made an Order to temporarily close part of Footpath 577038 between grid references SD 4756 9348 and SD 4746 9356 to enable demolition and construction works adjacent to the path.

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 Order

Expiry:  19 May 2018

Prohibit traffic over Footpaths and Bridleways in Grizedale Forest, Broughton Moor, Whinlatter Forest, Wythop Woods and Chapel House Plantation

Date of change:  7 November 2017

We have made an Order to close routes within the forests because of danger to the public from fast moving vehicles during motor sports events:

Grizedale Stages Rally: Saturday 2 December 2017
Malcolm Wilson Rally: Saturday 3 March 2018

Although the order duration is 6 months the paths will only be closed for 24 hours on the two days.

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

Link to notice and map:  Grizedale/Malcolm Wilson Rally

Expiry:  1 June 2018

Temporary Closure Order, Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Byway Open to All Traffic 561022, Hall Lane, Over Staveley Parish

Date of change:  16 September 2017

We have made an Order to temporarily close part of Byway Open to All Traffic 561022, Hall Lane, Staveley between NY 4687 0134 and NY 4694 0123 to enable bridge/culvert replacement work 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 792698 ext. 2730 or sarah.blakemore@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Link to notice and map:  Hall Lane Over Staveley Parish

Expires:  16 March 2018

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:  22 July 2017

We have made 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 February 2018

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

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

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

Date of change:  3 November 2017

The Secretary of State has authorised and extension to the Order made on the 15 May 2017 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. The Order has been extended until 31 January 2018.

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: Langholme Beck

Expires:  31 January 2018

Longer Term Restrictions

ParishLocationPath or Road NumberDates of closureReason

Link to Order/Notice and Map

Lakes: LangdalesLittle Langdale Ford - River BrathayU5531Permanent Ford Impassable Link
ColtonNibthwaite to ParkamoorU5051Discretionary closures depending on weather and conditionTo protect the surface and amenity Link
ColtonRusland PoolU5566Seasonally closed between 1 October and 31 MayTo protect the fish stocks in Rusland Pool and both Ashes Beck and Force Beck Link
Longsleddale

Gatescarth Pass between Sadgill and Mardale

BOAT 548015 /  361002Permit systemTo protect the surface and amenity Link

How to apply for a Traffic Regulation Order/Notice

We need at least 10 weeks notice to process a Temporary Closure Order.  Notices for 5 or 21 days can be processed immediately as we do not have to advertise them in the press.  Costs of orders and notices are usually met by the applicant.

Please contact either your local Ranger of a member of the Park Management Team on 01539 724555, as soon as you think you may need to close a path.