Temporary Closures of Rights of Way

Traffic Regulation Orders and Notices

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

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.

There are two sets of the information below:

Intention to Make an Order, and Current Orders & Notices

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; nick.thorne@lakedistrict.gov.uk or 01539 792621

Intention to make an order

Chinese Bridge - footpath  212001, Grange-in-Borrowdale, Borrowdale Parish

Date of change: 11 October 2021

Cumbria County Council will be issuing a closure notice in respect of this bridge to enable them to replace the decking and repair the parapets.  This work is expected to take two weeks sometime between 7 February and  the end of July 2021 (the exact date is not yet known).


Expires: 7 August 2022

Motor Rallies -  Grizedale, Broughton Moor, Whinlatter, Wythop

Date of change: 12 October 2021

We intend to make an Order to close routes within the forests because of danger to the public from fast moving vehicles during motor sports events:

The forest paths and roads will be closed to all public access during the Grizedale Stages and Malcolm Wilson Rallies.  The paths affected are:

Friday 3 December 2021 - Grizedale East

Saturday 4 December 2021 - Grizedale West, Broughton Moor

Saturday 12 March 2022 - Grizedale West, Broughton Moor, Whinlatter, Wythop

Although the order duration is for 6 months, the paths will only be closed for 24 hours on each of the days stated above.

Notice and Maps

Expires: 31 March 2022

Gillerthwaite, Ennerdale Forest - part of bridleway 407021, Ennerdale & Kinniside Parish

Date of change: 12 October 2021

We intend to make an Order to temporarily close a short length of the bridleway at Gillerthwaite for around two months during 2022, as there are large amounts of infected larch to fell and remove.  Most of the work can be done without closing paths, through the use of bankspeople.  But for one stretch the risk of timber and debris rolling onto the bridleway is high. There are good alternatives to the south for walkers (via footpaths 407054 and 407046) and riders (via the forest road) as shown on the site maps.

Site Notice

Expires: 31 December 2021

Current Traffic Regulation Orders and Notices

Alongside the Beck - Path at Stanley Ghyll Eskdale, Part of Footpaths 408037 & 408087, Eskdale Parish

Date of change: 12 October 2021

Some of the footpaths alongside the beck within the Stanley Ghyll site will be closed to enable the completion of the vegetation clearance and rock stabilisation works to be carried out efficiently and effectively.  The closure will be in force until the end of March 2022, but it is expected that the works will be completed (and the paths re-opened) by Christmas 2021.  Members of the public should not attempt to use the footpath, or any other taped/fenced off areas for their own safety.

Notice, plan and Order

Expires: 31 March 2022

Beckstones Gill, Beckstones Plantation (Barf/Lord's Seat Path), Footpath 201044, Above Derwent Parish

Date of change: 4 August 2021

The footpath alongside Beckstones Gill on the Powter How to Barf/Lord's Seat Path will be closed for up to six months to enable clearfell and extraction. Because of the terrain and slopes, there is a high likelihood of timber and debris rolling down the steep slopes to the footpath, therefore it is closed to ensure that walkers are safe at all times. It is likely that the works will be completed in less than six months allocated for the closure - in which case the paths will re-open.

Notices, Order and Map

Expiry: 1 March 2022

Stanley Ghyll Eskdale, Footpath 408037, Eskdale Parish

Date of change: 14 June 2021

The footpath to the waterfall in Stanley Ghyll is closed because it has been damaged, made unstable, and unsafe by recent rockfalls - creating a danger to the public. The section closed is between the bridge at SD 1742 9958 and the lower falls at SD 1743 9953. There is no access to the lower falls, but the upper falls are not visible from the new viewing platform. We hope to rebuild the path or install a walkway before the six months, and the path will re-open as soon as we have done this.

All other rights of way in Stanley Ghyll are open.

Notice and Order and Site Notice for Stanley Ghyll

Expires: 1 January 2022

Darling How Plantation (Spout Force), Lorton, Footpath 242014 and 242023, Lorton Parish

Date of change: 18 June 2021

We have made and Order temporarily closing the footpaths through Darling How and to Spout Force Waterfall for up to six months to enable clearfell and extraction.  Because of the terrain and slopes, there is a high likelihood of timber and debris rolling down the steep slopes to the footpaths, therefore they are all closed to ensure that walkers are safe at all times.  It is likely that the works will be completed in less than the six months allocated for the closure - in which case the paths will re-open.

Links to: Notice and Order Spout Force and Site Notice for Spout Force

Expires: 31 December 2021

Newlands Beck - Part of Footpath 201023, Newlands Beck, Little Braithwaite, Above Derwent Parish

Date of change: 27 February 2020

Part of footpath 201023, along the bank of Newlands Beck south of Little Braithwaite (shown A-B in red on the attached plan) is closed to the public because the river washed away the bank and footpath during Storm Ciara (February 2020) with further subsequent damage.  Because of the friable nature yet further damage is likely.

The Order came into effect on 18 February 2020 and has been extended by the Secretary of State until 31 December 2021, or until works have been completed if earlier.  This will enable us to rebuild or otherwise resolve the issues on the path.  Please use alternative routes following public roads to the east or west and other footpaths, which can be seen on the map.

Notice, Site Notice, Approval Letter and Order for Newlands Beck

Expires: 31 December 2021

Fenwick - bridge on footpath 416002 at Fenwick, Millom Without Parish

Date of change:  29 June 2020

The Secretary of State has extended the temporary closure of Footpath 416002 from SD 1697 8830 at Swinside to SD 1670 8938 at Fenwick in Millom Without Parish. This is because we have been unable to replace the bridge as hoped as we have reduced staffing levels during the coronavirus pandemic.

The closed section of path is shown in red on the map/plan (A to B).  The closure is required because of an unsafe footbridge.

The order now continues in force until 30 September 2021 at the latest – although we very much hope and expect to replace the bridge well before then and re-open the path.

An alternative route is available as shown in green on the map A-C-D-B via bridleway 416055, the unclassified road U4064 and footpath 416001.

Letter, Notice, Order for Fenwick

Expires:  30 September 2021 (or when bridge is replaced if earlier)

Permanent Restrictions



  • Nibthwaite to Parkamoor
  • Path or road number: U5051
  • Dates of closure: Discretionary closures depending on weather and condition
  • Reason: To protect the surface and amenity


  • Rusland Pool
  • Path or road number: U5566
  • Dates of closure: Seasonally closed between 1 October and 31 May
  • Reason: To protect the fish stocks in Rusland Pool and both Ashes Beck and Force Beck


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.