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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

Notice of Intention to prohibit traffic over bridleway 581031, south of Glebe Road, Windermere Parish

Date of change:  2 January 2017

We have made an Order to temporarily close Part of the bridleway between Glebe Road and Ferry Nab will be closed for around two weeks to enable United Utilities to install a new mains sewer pipeline.  It is likely that this work will only last a few weeks, and alternative paths can be used by walkers and cyclists.  There is no alternative for horse-riders.

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

Link to order and map:  BW 581031 south of Glebe Road, Windermere

Expires:  31 June 2016

Path Closure Notice - Footpath 249054, Raven Crag, St John's Castlerigg & Wythburn Parish

The notice comes into effect on the 21 November 2016 and will continue in force for a maximum of 5 days.  The path will be closed from Monday 21 to Friday 25 November 2016 inclusive.

This notice has the effect of prohibiting all public traffic on all purposes from proceeding over the whole of the right of way shown on the site map; namely footpath 249054 between the road at point A, and the top of the path at point B as shown on the map because of danger to the public caused by felling and removal of trees.

There is no ready alternative right of way or forestry road to use during the closure period.

Link to Notice and Order:  FP 249054, Raven Crag, St John's Castlerigg & Wythburn Parish

Notice of Intention to prohibit traffic over Footpaths and Bridleways in Grizedale Forest, Broughton Moor, Whinlatter Forest and Wythop Woods

Date of change:  24 October 2016

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 21 November 2015

Malcolm Wilson Rally: Saturday 11 March 2017

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 Nick Thorne, Countryside Access Adviser on 01539 792621 or nick.thorne@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Link to Notice and Order: Grizedale - Malcolm Wilson Rallies

Expiry:  13 March 2016

Notice of Intention to prohibit traffic over bridleway 407060, Bleach Green, Ennerdale & Kinniside Parish

Date of change:  13 May 2016

We have made an Order to temporarily close the bridleway (407060) between the road at Bleach Green and the weir at Ennerdale Lakeshore is closed to enable construction traffic to be segregated from the public, and because of probable damage to the surface - a temporary alternative route will be constructed immediately to the north of the existing track.

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

Link to map:  BW 407060 Bleach Green

Expiry:  30 November 2016

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Flood Damaged Rights of Way, Lake District 2015-2016

Date of change:  16 June 2016 

Explanation:  Following Storm Desmond in December 2015 we closed eleven paths for safety reasons - mainly bridges that we considered were dangerous to use because of stability issues.  We have managed to replace or make safe five of these.  However, we have not yet been able to make six structures safe for use.  We hope to do these when funding allows, but at present we are not quite sure when this will be.

Meanwhile, the Secretary of State has authorised six month extensions to the current temporary closure orders.  Starting from 16 June 2016.

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

Expiry: 16 December 2016

Bridleway 201075, Hallgarth, Above Derwent Parish - Notice and Order

Footpath 348012, Bullfell Beck, Mungrisdale Parish - Notice and Order

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.