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 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 792730 or sarah.blakemore@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Link to notice and order:  Blengdale Forest

Expiry: Sunday 27 August 2017

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 2016

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 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.