We are continuing to repair the section of public bridleway between Meadowplatts to Ullthwaite Bridge in Kentmere as part of our Routes to Resilience project.
This route remains as a bridleway for walkers, cyclists and horse riders to enjoy and was resurfaced using slate chippings to create a more natural appearance within the landscape. This improvement has allowed machinery to access a part of the route to repair the stepping stones.
We expect this repair work to be complete in the autumn of 2018.
The track is popular with mountain bikers as part of the Three Rivers Route, so we are talking to the Lake District Mountain Bikers Association, with whom we have previously consulted in relation to major work on the most popular mountain biking routes. In addition, we work closely with the Local Access Forum and are committed promoting and creating new and existing opportunities for outdoor adventure and through events – all sensitive to the unique landscape.
Routes to Resilience is a Government funded £3million project restoring Public Rights of Way in the national park damaged by Storm Desmond back in 2015. The work aims to improve access and add resilience to more than 200 paths, bridges, gates and stiles to help avoid future flood damage. The routes are public paths for varied users such as walkers, cyclists, horse riders and they often provide access for farmers to work their land and manage stock too. Therefore the practical work needs to reflect and sustain these various user needs.
The combination of millions of people, weather and gradient means that erosion scars can quickly form on mountain paths, causing environmental damage in the fragile mountains. Fix the Fells tackles this erosion problem by repairing and maintaining over 330 upland paths, helping to keep the Lake District a special place for us and for future generations.
The Fix the Fells programme is organised by a partnership of the Lake District National Park Authority, the National Trust, Lake District Foundation, Friends of the Lake District and Natural England.
Find out more about how upland paths are repaired on the Fix the Fells website