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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 - Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

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

Current Traffic Regulation Orders and Notices - Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

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

Temporary Closure Order, Part of Bridleway 321014, North of Dunmallard Car Park, Pooley Bridge, Dacre Parish

Date of change:  13 April 2020

We have made an Order to temporarily close part of Bridleway 321014 north of Dunmallard Car Park, Pooley Bridge in Dacre Parish from grid ref NY 4714 2492 to NY 4695 2446 from 13 April 2020 due to crane operations as part of bridge replacement works adjacent to the path.  The order will take effect on 13 April 2020 and will continue in force for six months, but it is anticipated that the closure will only be operative for a few weeks, around the end of April and beginning of May.

There will be an alternative route for walkers as shown A-C-D-E in green on the map.  Unfortunately this route is not suitable for cyclists or horse riders.

Please note: It will not be possible to access the B5320 next to the car park entrance via this alternative route.

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 Site Notice

Expires:  13 October 2020

Temporary Closure Order, 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 (9 February 2020) and further damage is likely.

The Order comes into effect on 18 February 2020 and will continue in force for a maximum of six months to 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.

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

Link to: Notice and Order, Site Notice

Expires: 20 August 2020

Temporary Closure Order, Part of Footpath 407022, South of Crag Farm, Ennerdale Forest, Ennerdale & Kinniside Parish

Date of change: 28 January 2020

We have made an Order to temporarily close part of Footpath 407022, South of Crag Farm, Ennerdale Forest, Ennerdale & Kinniside Parish, from grid ref NU 0808 1585 to NY 0888 1503 and from grid ref NY 0848 1511 to NY 0847 1504 to enable felling and extraction of trees by Forestry England. The closure comes into effect on 15 February 2020 and will be in place for up to six months, but it is expected that the work will be completed and the path will be reopened in approximately five months.

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: Order and Notice

Link to: Site Notice

Expires: 15 August 2020

Temporary Closure Order, Part of Public Footpath 512054 at Tarn Hows, Coniston Parish

Date of change:  3 February 2020

We have made an Order to temporarily close part of Footpath 512054 on the western shore of Tarn Hows in Coniston Parish from SD 3271 9978 to NY 3308 0035 to enable works to extract larch trees infected with Phytophthora ramorum. Works are expected to start on 3 February 2020 and are likely to be completed and the path reopened after two weeks.  The path will be open as usual on Saturdays and Sundays.

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: Order/Plan

Link to: Site notice

Expires: 3 August 2020

Temporary Closure Order Footpath 416002 at Fenwick, Millom Without Parish

Date of change:  23 January 2020

We have made an Order to temporarily close Footpath 416002 from SD 1697 8830 at Swinside to SD 1670 8938 at Fenwith in Millom Without Parish.  This order extends an existing 21 day emergency closure notice for a further six months.

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 comes into effect on 23 January 2020 (when the emergency notice expires).  It will continue in force for up to six months to enable us to replace the bridge.  We are planning to replace bridge commencing after April 2020.

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.

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: Order and Notice

Link to: Site Notice

Link to: 21 day emergency notice

Expires:  23 July 2020

Temporary Closure Order, Part of Bridleway 566030 at Park Plantation, Grizedale Forest, Satterthwaite Parish

Date of change: 24 January 2020

We have made an Order to temporarily close part of Bridleway 533060 from SD 3262 9528 to SD 3306 9435 in Park Plantation, Grizedale Forest, Satterthwaite Parish due to felling and extraction of larch trees infected with Phytophthora. Works are expected to commence on 24 January 2020 and are likely to be completed by 31 March 2020.

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: Order/Plan and Site Notice

Expires: 24 July 2020

Temporary Closure Order, Part of Footpath 521055, near Foss How, Troutal, Dunnerdale-With-Seathwaite Parish

We have made an order to temporarily restrict all traffic on part of Footpath 521055 from SD 2388 9849 on the northern bank of the beck west of Foss How to SD 2388 9847 on the southern bank of the beck west of Foss How – a distance of approximately 30 metres.

The closed section of path is shown in red on the map/plan (A to B).  The closure is required because of a dangerous bridge.

The closure order comes into effect on 11 December 2019 and extends the existing 21 day closure for a further period of up to 6 months.  We are planning to replace the bridge within this period.

There is no direct alternative route.  Please use other rights of way or adjacent open access land.

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 Order and Site Notice.  Link to 21 day closure notice

Expires: 12 June 2020

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

Date of change: 14 November2019

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 7 December 2019 - Grizedale Forest and Broughton Moor

Malcolm Wilson Rally: Saturday 14 March 2020 - Wythop Woods, Grizedale Forest, Whinlatter Forest

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

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 Maps

Expires: 1 June 2020

Temporary Closure Order, Part of Footpath 521011, Tarn Beck Near Havelock Cottage, Dunnerdale-With-Seathwaite Parish

Date of change:  20 November 2019

We have made an Order to temporarily close Footpath 521011 from the road at Havelock Cottage SD 2260 9600 northwards to and across the bridge over Tarn Beck to SD 2258 9605 because of a dangerous bridge.  An alternative on existing footpaths exists to the east.  This order comes into effect on 20 November 2019 extends the previous emergency closure notice for up to a further six months due to danger to the public and to enable works to replace the bridge.  The bridge is scheduled to be replaced before the end of March 2020.

A suggested alternative route is available to the east and north of the closed path via footpath 521010.

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/Notice: Havelock Cottage

Expires: 20 May 2020 (or until bridge is replaced if earlier)

Temporary Closure Order, Part of Bridleway 407021 & Part of Footpath 407054, Gillerthwaite, Ennerdale Forest, Ennerdale & Kinniside Parish

Date of change:  11 November 2019

We have made an Order to temporarily close Parts of Bridleway 407021/Footpath 407054, Gillerthwaite, Ennerdale Forest, Ennerdale & Kinniside Parish from grid ref NY 1308 1427 to NY 1411 1414 and from grid ref NY 1340 1422 to NY 1343 1416 to enable felling and extraction of trees.  The closure will be in place for up to six months, but it is expected that the work will be completed and the paths will be reopened in approximately four months.

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: Gillerthwaite

Expires: 11 May 2020

Longer Term Restrictions

Langdales

Colton

  • 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

Colton

  • 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

Longsleddale

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.