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.

Notice of Intention to Prohibit Traffic over Bridleway 411010 & 411016 Miterdale Forest, Irton with Santon Parish Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Date of change:  21 June 2018

We intend to make an Order to temporarily close part of Bridleway 411010 and 411016 from grid reference NY 1409 0119 to NY 1428 0091 and NY 1421 0122 to NY 1367 0083 in Miterdale Forest in Irton with Santon Parish to enable clearance and extraction of windblown trees.

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: Miterdale Forest

Expiry: 3 July 2018

Notice of Intention to Prohibit Traffic over Footpath 220050, The Muddocks Path, Buttermere Lakeshore, Buttermere & Brackenthwaite Parish

Date of change: 8 June 2018

We intend to make an Order to temporarily close part of Footpath 220050, the Muddocks Path, Buttermere Lakeshire between NY 1891 1562 and NY 1912 1542 to enable path improvement works.  The path will be closed when works are taking place.  Works are scheduled to last for approximately three weeks from 3 September 2018.

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: Footpath 220050, The Muddocks Path

Expiry: 25 June 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

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Bridleway 581006/545031 at Troutbeck Ford, Lakes: Troutbeck and Windermere Parishes

Date of change:  17 April 2018

We have made an Order to temporarily close Bridleway 581006/545031 at Troutbeck Ford between NY 4070 0201 and NY 4106 0190 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 Sara Blakemore, Rights of Way and Access Assistant on 01539 792698 ext. 2730 or sarah.blakemore@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Link to: Notice, Order and Map

Expires:  30 October 2018

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 West Cumbria Pipeline Project - Temporary Closures of Various Rights of Way in Bassenthwaite, Blindcrake & Underskiddaw

Date of change:  17 April 2018

We have made nine Orders to temporarily close the rights of way listed below to enable construction works for the West Cumbria Pipeline Project.  The orders will be in place for six months from the dates shown but each closure will be in force only when works are taking place. It is expected that at each location the works will take no longer than ten days during this six month period. Alternative routes will be available as shown on the order plans and on notices placed on site.

Underskiddaw Parish

  • F       Part of Footpath 255001 at Dancing Beck between NY 2456 2623 and NY 2458 2627 from 21 May 2018
  • G       Part of Footpath 255010 at Thrushwood between NY 2625 2490 and NY 2627 2493 from 21 May 2018

Bassenthwaite Parish

  • H       Part of Footpath 206017 South of Trafford's Caravan Site between NY 2224 3137 and NY 2223 3133 from 21 May 2018
  • J        Part of Footpath 206005 near Low House between NY 2160 3194 and NY 2158 3188 from 18 June 2018
  • K       Part of Footpath 206004 at Kilnhill between NY 2134 3248 and NY 2138 3248 from 18 June 2018    

Blindcrake Parish

  • L        Part of Footpath 210009 at Messengermire Woods between NY 2033 3321 and NY 2036 3315 from 21 May 2018
  • M      Part of Footpath 210004 at Hunter How between NY 1717 3401 and NY 1715 3401 from 23 April 2018
  • N       Part of Footpath 210003 at Ghyll Yeat between NY 1493 3465 and NY 1494 3465 from 4 June 2018
  • P       Part of Footpath 210002 East of Derwent Bank between NY 1430 3408 and NY 1437 3406 from 25 June 2018

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 maps

Expiry:  25 December 2018

Temporary Closure Order - Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Footpaths 249050 and 249054 at Raven Crag and Round Mount, Thirlmere, St John's Castlerigg & Wythburn Parish

Date of change: 29 March 2018

We have made an Order to temporarily close the whole of Footpath 249054 between grid references NY 2993 1885 and NY 3068 1905 and the whole of Footpath 249050 between NY 3059 1867 and NY 3069 1828 due to danger from storm damaged trees.

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

Expires:  27 September 2018

Road and permissive access closures are also in place at Thirlmere.  For further details see the United Utilities website: https://www.unitedutilities.com/globalassets/thirlmere-closures.pdf

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

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 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

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.