Temporary Closures of Rights of Way

Temporary Closures of Rights of Way

Traffic Regulation Order/Notice

Temporary Closures of rights of way are usually to allow works to take place, for example, helicopter stonelifts for Fix the Fells work or replacement of large bridges.  They may also be made for reasons of public safety, for example motor rallies, forestry, utility works or building works that affect public paths.  Orders are planned in advance, and can last up to six months.  Notices are for very short term issues and come into effect immediately.

A longer term Traffic Regulation Order 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 be made for reasons such as:

  • avoiding danger to people or other traffic
  • preserving the character of a road
  • preventing unsuitable use of a road
  • for the purpose of conserving or enhancing the natural beauty of the area

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

Decisions taken under delegated powers

Decisions to make traffic regulation orders are taken under delegated powers.  Under the Openness of Government Regulations 2014 we publish all these decisions which can be seen on the Openness Of Government page.

Intention to make an order

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.

If you have any queries, please contact Nick Thorne, Countryside Access Adviser on 01539 792621 or

Current Traffic Regulation Orders and Notices

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

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Part of Footpath 212068/212069, Great Wood, Borrowdale Parish

Date of change: 18 June 2019

We have made an Order to temporarily close Part of Footpath 212068/212069, west of Walla Crag, Great Wood, Borrowdale Parish from grid reference NY 2715 2103 to NY 2717 2133 and from grid reference NY 2707 2116 to NY 2727 2126 due to tree felling and thinning works.  The closure will be in place from 9am to 3.30 pm on Monday to Friday from 1 July until approximately 1 September 2019.

If you have any queries, please contact Sarah Blakemore, Rights of Way and Access Assistant on 01539 792698 ext. 2730 or sarah.blakemore@lakedistrict.gov.uk.

Link to map and order: Great Wood, Borrowdale

Expires: 1 January 2020

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Footpath 220050, The Muddocks Path, Buttermere Lakeshore, Buttermere and Brackenthwaite parish

Date of change: 15 May 2019

We have made an Order to temporarily close part of Footpath 220050, the Muddocks Path, Buttermere Lakeshore between NY 1891 1562 and NY 1912 1542 to enable path improvement works.  The path will be closed when works are taking place. Works are scheduled to last for approximately 7 weeks from 1 June 2019. An alternative route will be provided.  It is anticipated the work will be completed by 19 July 2019.

If you have any queries, please contact Sarah Blakemore, Rights of Way and Access Assistant on 01539 792698 ext. 2730 or sarah.blakemore@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Link to notice, order and map

Expires: 1 December 2019

Prohibition of Traffic over Various Rights of Way affected by West Cumbria Pipeline Project, North of Rough How Bridge, St John's Castlerigg & Wythburn Parish Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Date of change:  3 April 2019

We have made Orders to temporarily close the following rights of way:

St Johns Castlerigg & Wythburn Parish

Part of Bridleway 249025, North of Rough How Bridge (A-B on map 1)

Part of Footpath 249026, East of Brackenrigg (E-F on map 2)

Part of Footpath 249056, Smaithwaite (L-M on map 3)

Part of Footpath 249067, north-west of Smaithwaite (Q-R on map 4)

Part of Footpath 249028, north of Broadstones (I-J on map 7)

Part of Footpath 249017, north of Dale Bottom (X-Y on map 8)

Underskiddaw Parish

Part of Bridleway 255014, Spooneygreen Lane (T-U on map 5)

Blindcrake Parish

Part of Footpath 210002, north-east of Redmain (A1-B1 on map 9)

All these paths will be closed for a short period of time within the six months that the work will be taking place, but immediate alternative routes will be available.

St Johns Castlerigg & Wythburn Parish

Most of Footpath 249027, Shoulthwaite Moss (Y-Z on map 6)

This path will be closed entirely for the whole six months, and NO alternative route will be available.

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

Link to site notices: Notices and map

Expiry: 15 October 2019

Extension of Temporary Closure Order - Various Rights of Way in Wythop Woods and Above Derwent Parishs

Date of change:  9 January 2019

The Secretary of State has granted an extension to the Order to temporarily close all the public rights of way in Wythop Woods to enable safe clearance, felling, thinning and extraction works.  The order has been extended until 31 July 2019 (or until works are complete, if this is earlier)

If you have any queries, please contact Sarah Blakemore, Rights of Way and Access Assistant on 01539 792698 ext 2730 or sarah.blakemore@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Link to: Notice and order and extension notice

The Forestry Commission are opening some paths in the area as the harvesting works progress.  The latest information from the FC can be downloaded here

Extension of Temporary Closure Order - Bridleway 411010 and 411016, Miterdale Forest, Irton with Santon Parish

Date of change: 6 January 2019

The Secretary of State has extended the Order to temporarily close part of Bridleway 411010 and 411016 from the grid reference NY 1409 0119 to NY 1428 0091 and NY 1421 0122 to NY 1367 0083 in Miterdale Forest in Irton with Santon Parish to enable clearance and extraction of windblown trees.

If you have any queries, please contact Sarah Blakemore, Rights of Way and Access Assistant on 01539 792698 ext. 2730 or sarah.blakemore@lakedistrict.gov.uk.

Link to: Notice and Order

Expires:  6 July 2019 (or when works are complete, if this is earlier)

Footpaths and Bridleways in Grizedale Forest, Broughton Moor, Whinlatter Forest and Wythop Woods

Date of change: 15 January 2019

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 8 December 2018 (Grizedale Forest, Broughton Moor) Malcolm Wilson Rally: Saturday 9 March 2019 (Whinlatter Forest, Grizedale Forest and Broughton Moor).

Although the order duration is for 6 months, the paths will only be closed for 24 hours on the above two days at the specified locations.

If you have any queries, please contact Sarah Blakemore, Rights of Way & Access Assistant on 01539 792698 ext. 2730 or sarah.blakemore@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Link to map:  Notice and Order

Expires: 1 June 2019

Extension of Temporary Closure Order - Footpaths 249050 and 249054 at Raven Crag and Round Mount, Thirlmere, St John's Castlerigg & Wythburn Parish

Date of change: 30 April 2019

The Secretary of State has granted an extension to the Order to temporarily close the whole of Footpath 249054 between grid references NY 2993 1885 and NY 3068 1905 and the whole of Footpath 249050 between NY 3059 1867 and NY 3069 1828 due to danger from storm damaged trees.  The extension comes into effect on 1 May 2019 and will be in effect for a further six months, or until works to make the paths safe has been completed.

If you have any queries about the legal closure, please contact Sarah Blakemore, Rights of Way and Access Assistant on 01539 792698 ext.2730 or sarah.blakemore@lakedistrict.gov.uk.  If you need information on how this closure will affect visiting the area, please look at the Northern Distinctive Area webpage or contact the Northern Area Ranger, Cath Johnson, on 01768 871407 or email cath.johnson@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Link to map: Order and Notice.  Link to Notice of Extension

Expires: 1 November 2019

Longer Term Restrictions

ParishLocationPath or Road NumberDates of closureReason

Link to Order/Notice and Map

Lakes: LangdalesLittle Langdale Ford - River BrathayU5531Permanent Ford Impassable Link
ColtonNibthwaite to ParkamoorU5051Discretionary closures depending on weather and conditionTo protect the surface and amenity Link
ColtonRusland PoolU5566Seasonally closed between 1 October and 31 MayTo protect the fish stocks in Rusland Pool and both Ashes Beck and Force Beck Link
Longsleddale

Gatescarth Pass between Sadgill and Mardale

BOAT 548015 /  361002Permit systemTo protect the surface and amenity Link

How to apply for a Traffic Regulation Order/Notice

We need at least 10 weeks notice to process a Temporary Closure Order.  Notices for 5 or 21 days can be processed immediately as we do not have to advertise them in the press.  Costs of orders and notices are usually met by the applicant.

Please contact either your local Ranger of a member of the Park Management Team on 01539 724555, as soon as you think you may need to close a path.