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 Sarah Blakemore, Rights of Way and Access Assistant on 01539 792698 ext. 2730 or sarah.blakemore@lakedistrict.gov.uk or Nick Thorne, Countryside Access Adviser; nick.thorne@lakedistrict.gov.uk or 01539 792621

Intention to make an order

None at present.

Current Traffic Regulation Orders and Notices

Bridleway 201006, Whinlatter Forest, Above Derwent Parish

Date of change: 11 January 2021

We have made an Order to temporarily close part of Bridleway 201006 between Whinlatter Visitor Centre and Thornthwaite to enable forestry operations involving removal of trees by helicopter.  The section to be closed is from NY 2065 2450 to NY 2172 2505. An alternative route is available via the B5292 (Whinlatter Pass Road), Bridleway 201075 and public road U2213 south of Thornthwaite.  The closure order will be in place for up to 6 months from 11 January 2021, however it is expected that the work will take approximately one or two weeks within this period and the bridleway will be reopened as soon as works are finished.  The precise date of works is not yet fixed but it is likely to take place in March or April. We will update this information as soon as the date of closure is known.

When the closure is in place, signs will be displayed stating that the path is closed.

Order and Notice: Order and Notice Whinlatter Forest

Site Notice: Site Notice Whinlatter Forest

Expires: 11 July 2021

Stanley Ghyll, Eskdale - Footpaths 408037, 408087, part of 408085, Eskdale Parish

Date of change: 30 November 2020

We have made an Order to temporarily close all the public footpaths within the Stanley Ghyll site to enable large scale vegetation clearance and rock stabilisation works to be carried out efficiently and effectively.  The closure will be in force until the end of May 2021, but it is hoped that the site can re-open (at least partially) by Easter 2021.  The open access rights will also be suspended throughout the site - but the bridleways at the northern end remain open, as does the restricted byway to the west. Members of the public should not attempt to enter the site for their own safety.

Notice and Order: Stanley Ghyll, Eskdale

Expires: 15 June 2021

Ennerdale Forest - A number of footpaths and bridleways in Ennerdale Forest, Ennerdale and Kinniside Parish

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.

This order has been extended by the Secretary of State - now in effect until 3 August 2021, or when the works are completed if earlier.

  • BW 407028 (Ling Mell) – 950 metres from point Z (NY 1312 1382) eastwards to D and southwards to point C (NY 1360 1322)
  • FP 407042 (Ling Mell) – 1.1km from BW 407028 (point D1: NY 1332 1376) southwards to edge of forest (point B1: NY 1361 1273)
  • FP 407029 (River Liza) – 3.4km from BW 407028 (point D: NY 1339 1379) eastwards to FP 407032 south of middle road bridge (point K: NY 1650 1349)
  • FP 407032 (Middle road bridge) – 115 metres between FP 407029 (point K: NY 1650 1349) northward over bridge to BW 407021 (point L: NY 1648 1359)
  • FP 407032 (Ennerdale Fell Plantation) 1km from FP 407029 (point K: NY 1650 1349) south-eastwards to edge of wood just north of at FP 407033 (point M: NY 1724 1294) - SECTION NOW OPEN
  • FP 407034 (High Beck – Pillar Path) 770 metres from FP 407030 (point Y: NY 1514 1338) south-eastwards to edge of forest at point G (NY 1576 1292) - SECTION NOW OPEN
  • BW 407021 (Gillerthwaite towards Black Sail) 2.1km from FP 407027 (point H: NY 1455 1412) eastwards to BW 407001 (point S: NY 1913 1250)

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.

Site Notice and Order for Ennerdale Forest

Expires:  3 August 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)

Foss How (Bridge) - Part of Footpath 521055, near Foss How, Troutal,  Dunnerdale-With-Seathwaite Parish

The Secretary of State has extended the order temporarily restricting 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 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.

Letter, Notice and Order - Foss How

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

Tarn Beck, Seathwaite - Near Havelock Cottage, Dunnerdale-With-Seathwaite Parish

Date of change:  20 November 2019

The Secretary of State has authorised the further extension of this temporary closure order as we have been unable to replace the bridge as planned.  I enclose a copy of the notice, order and plan.  This replaces the existing temporary closure.

Our intention was to replace this bridge by the end of March 2020.  Indeed, the bridge has been constructed and is in our depot ready to be conveyed to site and installed.  However, the coronavirus pandemic resulted in our field team being furloughed from March and they only returned to full work on 1 November 2020 (but have since been partly furloughed again through the second lockdown period).

Although we were able to return some staff part time during the later summer period, they were seconded to other duties to manage the unprecedented increase in the number of visitors to the national park during this time including dealing with fly camping, littering, fires and fly parking that this increase in numbers of our traditional visitors and additional new demographic of visitor has brought to the area and resident communities.

Whilst we may have just enough staff unfurloughed now to complete the work, the winter weather has begun and river levels have risen. As part of the permissions to carry out the work we are required to only place scaffolding (necessary for the safe removal of the old concrete structure) in the river during periods of low water levels.

The bridge will remain as a priority piece of work in our work programme and we will review the weather over the winter months with a view to carry out the work if at all possible, however it is now unlikely that we will see low river levels of sufficient duration until the spring or early summer of 2021 and consequently we have been granted a further extension until 31 August 2021.

This will allow us to work around both weather conditions and the continuing uncertainty and difficulties presented by the continuing Coronavirus outbreak and give us the maximum opportunity to deliver the bridge.

Extension letter, notice and Order for Tarn Beck, Seathwaite

Expires: 31 August 2021 (or until 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.