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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:
They can restrict:
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.
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 Sarah Blakemore, Rights of Way and Access Assistant on
None at present (September 2020)
Date of change: 1 September 2020
We have made an Order to temporarily prohibit the public from using the northernmost 185 metres of the bridleway to enable Network Plus to install cables to the Predator Experience development. The closure will be in force for two months, but it is expected that the work will only take two weeks at the end of September 2020 - the path will re-open when the works are complete and the surface re-instated. There is no suitable alternative other than the road to the west. Walkers and riders should not use the bridleway from the south in the hope or expectation that they will be able to exit at the northern end - it will be physically blocked off at point B. They may use the bridleway from C-B as a 'there-and-back' route.
Expires: 12 November 2020
Date of change: 31 August 2020
We have made an Order to temporarily close the footpath from the Rakefoot road to the bridge and along the bank of Brockle Beck which will be closed to enable Network Plus to replace cables that runs across the beck and under the path. The closure is in force for two months, but it is expected that the work will only take two-three weeks at the beginning of September 2020. The suggested alternative is via the existing footpaths to the west and north of Derwent Holiday Camp as shown in green on the map.
Expires: 30 October 2020
Date of change: 20 July 2020
We have made an Order to temporarily close a number of footpaths and bridleways from 3 August 2020. The effect of the order will be to prohibit public traffic for all purposes from proceeding over parts of a number of footpaths and bridleways in Ennerdale Forest (as listed below – see map) to enable felling and extraction of timber.
Not all paths will be closed at the same time, and together with alternative routes there will always be one east-west route open through the valley, and at least two routes onto the fells to the south. Signage on site will indicate the situation at any one time.
Expires: 3 February 2021
Date of change: 10 July 2020
We have made an Order temporarily closing the section of BW 252001 within Setmurthy Plantation between NY
Expires: 31 December 2020
Date of change: 24 June 2020
The footpath to the waterfall in Stanley Ghyll is closed. The section closed is between the junction with FP 408087 north of the bridge at SD
The closure is required because we have identified significant areas of loose and overhanging rock in the area immediately above the footpath – and this poses a high risk to people using the footpath.
The Order is in effect from 24 June 2020 and continues in force for 6 months to enable us to try and stabilise the rock and mitigate the risk. It is likely that this order will be extended at the end of the six months. There are no alternative routes to the waterfall – and please do not attempt to find any, or use the beck or other ways to try to get there.
For information on this please contact the Property Team, National Park Authority, Murley Moss, Oxenholme Road, Kendal, Cumbria (01539 724555) during normal office hours, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Expires: 24 December 2020
Date of change: 27 May 2020
We have made an Order to temporarily close the section of FP 411021 from the road east of Santon Bridge (NY 1145 0144) to the far side of Irton Pike (NY 1209 0226) - which will be closed for at least three months from early July to enable felling and extraction of timber. The alternatives are either are either via the road network (shown in green in the map) or a steeper, longer right of way (shown in blue).
Expires: 1 January 2021
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
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.
Expires: 13 October 2020
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.
Expires: 31 December 2021
Date of change: 29 June 2020
The Secretary of State has extended the temporary closure of Footpath 416002 from SD
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.
Expires: 30 September 2021 (or when bridge is replaced if earlier)
The Secretary of State has extended the order temporarily restricting all traffic on part of Footpath 521055 from SD
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 has been extended by the Secretary of State until 30 September 2021 - but we hope to replace the bridge during the summer of 2020 if at all practicable.
There is no direct alternative route. Please use other rights of way or adjacent open access land.
Expires: 30 September 2021 (or until bridge is replaced if earlier)
Date of change: 20 November 2019
We have made an Order to temporarily close Footpath 521011 from the road at Havelock Cottage SD
A suggested alternative route is available to the east and north of the closed path via footpath 521010.
Expires: 20 December 2020 (or until bridge is replaced if earlier)
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