Eastern Distinctive Area

Keep up to date with the Routes to Resilience project and the latest news and developments in your area.

Swathbeck, Howtown - January 2018

Another completed bridge on a path overlooking Hallin Fell on the Eastern side of Ullswater.

The area suffered from a serious land slide during Storm Desmond which tore through the farmers field and onto the road, completely blocking Howtown off from the rest of the world. Once the damage to the land had been repaired, we've gone back to install a new bridge over the beck as well as repairing a wall and gate.

Couldn't have asked for a site with a better view, though the rapidly changing weather conditions made the job that bit more interesting. Wind, snow, rain, hail and sleet... We had it all!

Swathbeck bridge before and after

Mosedale (East) - November 2017

Assessing bridge damage on a remote bridge in the backwaters of Shap Fell over Mosedale Beck. A long boggy quad bike drive over from Haweswater reservoir to a lesser frequented part of the park.

Recent highlights:

Work has been completed to restore Helton Bridleway. Popular routes have been upgraded to the fell from Glenridding.

Ullswater - September 2017

In the aftermath of Storm Desmond, the village of Glenridding was cut off for several days. Extensive damage to properties and businesses had a huge impact on the community.

Contributing to the recovery, our work this summer has secured property at Gillside Campsite and upgraded a popular path linking the pier and local amenities, with routes up to Glenridding Common towards Helvellyn.

In addition to resurfacing, drainage and fencing, the works involved rebuilding and stabilising large sections of collapsed riverbank that risked further damage to property at Gillside Campsite. Large boulders were set into the riverbed to provide a resilient base for stepped sections of Rock Armour and soil battered back at an angle above. This was then surfaced with biodegradable coir matting and pegged with live willow stakes to enhance the bank’s stability and habitat value.

This work was managed by Lake District National Park Ranger Nick Hall and delivered in partnership with the Local Flood Action Group, the Environment Agency, Patterdale Parish Council, local businesses and volunteers.

Gillside campsite

Ullswater - June 2017

A popular woodland walk near Sharrow Bay Hotel on Ullswater was repaired in June 2017.

Ged Acton, Routes to Resilience project manager said: “It’s really important that we restore the routes around the Lake District to allow access for both the local community and the 17 million visitors that come to the area each year.”

Sharrow bay