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, Senior Rights of Way Officer; nick.thorne@lakedistrict.gov.uk or 01539 792621.

Intended Traffic Regulation Orders and Notices

Huck's Bridge / A6 to Breast High Road, Bridleway 355041, Orton Parish

Date of change: 11 February 2023


We intend to make an Order to temporarily close the bridleway between the A6 at Huck's Bridge (Low Borrowbridge) and Breast High Road which has been affected by landslips, which are still deteriorating. The route is no longer safe for users on the original line of the bridleway.  An alternative route exists adjacent to the closed path for walkers, but for cyclists and horse-riders the only alternative is Breast High Road (ford) and the A6 – which is sometimes impassable at the ford/stepping stones.



To be removed when Order has been made

Current Traffic Regulation Orders and Notices

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

Date of change: 15 November 2022

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 2 December 2022 - Grizedale East

Saturday 3 December 2022 - Grizedale West

Saturday 11 March 2023 - Grizedale West, Whinlatter, Wythop

Friday 10 March 2023 (pm) – Wythop will also be closed on the Friday afternoon whilst setting up for the rally

Although the order duration is for 6 months, the paths will only be closed for 24 hours on each of the days stated above (12 on the 10 March).

If you have any queries, please contact Nick Thorne, Senior Rights of Way Officer on 01539 792621 or nick.thorne@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Links to Order, formal notice & sites notices and maps of intended closures; Grizedale Stages Rally East, Grizedale Stages Rally West, MW Rally Wythop Woods, MW Rally WhinlatterMW Rally Grizedale West

Expires: 15 March 2023

Gillerthwaite, Ennerdale Forest, part of Bridleway 407021, Ennerdale and Kinniside Parish

Date of change: 3 August 2022

The Order that came into force on 1 January 2022 at Gillerthwaite was never activated by Forestry England as the work was postponed.  This Order has now expired, and Forestry England have requested a new, identical, Order to enable them to carry out the works in the next few months.  We therefore intend to make an Order to temporarily close a short length of the bridleway at Gillerthwaite for around two months during late Summer / Autumn 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.

Order, Plan, Notice and Site Notice

Expires: 26 February 2023

Watermill, Ings, Footpath 534006, Hugill Parish

Date of change: 20 December 2022

The Department for Transport has extended the Order temporarily closing the footpath that passes alongside the Watermill Inn car park. The footpath is narrow, and the riverbank revetment is collapsing - and this poses a high risk to people using the footpath. We have closed this section of footpath, and there is no suitable alternative route other than the local road and footway network.

Site Notice, Order and Plan

Expires: 11 January 2024

River Derwent, How, Footpath 201017, Above Derwent Parish

Date of change: 1 November 2022

The Department for Transport has extended the Order temporarily closing the footpath that passes between the old railway bridge abutment and the River Derwent to the south-east of How which has completely collapsed into the river.  We are looking at options to rebuild or divert this path, which will take some time. We have therefore closed this section of the path, and there is an informal alternative directly alongside, going over the old railway.

Site Notice, Notice, DoT Extension Letter and Order

Expires: 30 April 2024

Breast High Road, A6 To Bretherdale, Byway Open to All Traffic 355002 / 367004 / 355003 / 584026, Whinfell, Orton and Tebay Parishes

Date of change: 6 October 2022

The Department for Transport has extended the Order temporarily closing the unsealed section of Breast High Road between the A6 and Bretherdale to motor vehicles.  Work has been carried out to repair and resurface the road and there is a need to prohibit all vehicular traffic to facilitate a bedding-in period.  Access for pedestrians, pedal cyclists and horse-riders will be maintained at all times. There is no suitable direct alternative route for vehicles.

Notice, Order and DoT Extension Letter

Expires: 30 April 2023

Dale End Boathouse, Grasmere Lakeshore, Bridleway 542041, Lakes (Grasmere) Parish

Date of change: 1 November 2022

The Department for Transport has extended the Order temporarily closing a short section of bridleway 542041 alongside the boathouse at Dale End on the southern shore of Grasmere.  The work of taking down and rebuilding is progressing well, but complications have delayed the completion date. In order to do this safely and to have a worksite for machinery and materials, the bridleway alongside the boathouse is being temporarily closed and diverted to a surfaced path being created immediately adjacent.

Notice, Site Notice, DoT Extension Letter, Order

Expires: 15 May 2023 or when works completed if earlier

Stanley Ghyll Lower Falls - Eskdale, Footpath 408037, Eskdale Parish

Date of change: 5 April 2022

Following further damage during Storm Arwen and subsequent rockfalls, the footpath to the waterfall in Stanley Ghyll remains closed because it has been damaged, made unstable, and unsafe - 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 now visible from the new viewing platform.

We are currently investigating what we can do to rebuild / restore this path, and also making the rockface above it stable to minimise danger to the public. We don’t yet know what we can do, and so this may take some time.


All other rights of way in Stanley Ghyll are open, as is the viewing platform at the top of the site.

Notice and Order- Stanley Ghyll Lower Falls, FP 408037- temporary closure

Expires: 31 May 2023

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

Date of change: 1 December 2022

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.  The extent of the damage has grown significantly since then.

The Order came into effect on 18 February 2020 and was extended until 31 December 2022 - the Secretary of State has now extended this until 31 December 2023. We are still working with other agencies to try and resolve the difficult issues here. Please use alternative routes following public roads to the east or west and other footpaths, which can be seen on the map.

Case Officer: If you have any queries, please contact Nick Thorne, Senior Rights of Way Officer on 01539 792621 or nick.thorne@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Notice, Order and Extension Approval Letter- Newlands Beck, part of Footpath 201023

Expires: 31 December 2023

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 Ranger Service on 01539 724555, as soon as you think you may need to close a path.