Since early December the work of the area team has been almost entirely dedicated to flood recovery.
Initially, our Park Management Team, including our volunteers, concentrated on surveying all 1,450 bridges on Rights of Way that we are responsible for to assess their safety and to see what damage there was.
Across the whole National Park, the total is currently 46 footbridges which are not useable and are in need of either replacement or significant repairs, and 214 further footbridges which are passable but damaged, and will also need repair. However, put another way, this means that nearly 97 per cent of our bridges are either open, or passable with care, so this obviously back up the ‘Cumbria is open’ message. After checking the bridges, we are now concentrating on surveying damaged paths in the area, and this is nearing completion.
How have the floods affected the North Distinctive Area? In summary: