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

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

Notice of Intention to Prohibit Traffic over Part of Footpath 407022, South of Crag Farm, Ennerdale Forest, Ennerdale and Kinniside Parish

Date of change:  16 October 2019

We intend to make an Order to temporarily close part of Footpath 407022, South of Crag Farm, Ennerdale Forest, Ennerdale & Kinniside Parish, from grid ref NY 0808 1585 to NY 0888 1503 and from grid ref NY 0848 1511 to NY 0847 1504 to enable felling and extraction of trees.  The closure will be for up to six months, but it is expected that the work will be completed and the paths 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

Map/Notice: Crag Farm

Expiry: 29 October 2019

Notice of Intention to Prohibit Traffic over Part of Bridleway 407021 & Part of Footpath 407054, Gillerthwaite, Ennerdale Forest, Ennerdale & Kinniside Parish

Date of change: 16 October 2019

We intend to make an Order to temporarily close part of Bridleway 407021 & part of Footpath 407054, at 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

Map/Notice: Gillerthwaite

Expiry: 29 October 2019

Current Traffic Regulation Orders and Notices

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

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Byway Open to All Traffic 537025/548016 Sadgill To Stile End, Kentmere and Longsleddale Parishes

Date of Closure: 14 – 18 October 2019

We have issued a notice to temporarily restrict traffic on sections of Byway Open to All Traffic 548016/537025 between Sadgill and the U5255 road north west of Stile End as shown in red on the map and as detailed below:

Section A to B (Grid Ref NY 4835 0568 to NY 4815 0506) is closed to all traffic for all purposes

Section B to C (Grid Ref NY 4815 0506 to NY 4650 0529) is closed to all motor vehicles and horse-drawn carriages.  

This is because of resurfacing work on the right of way.

There is no alternative route for motor vehicles and horse-drawn carriages.  Please use other roads or vehicular rights of way.  There is an alternative route for bridleway users as shown in blue on the map (BDEFG), and for walkers only as shown in green (BE and FH).

Link to Map

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

Expires: 18 October 2019

Footpath 306004 & Part of Footpath 361039, at Park Bridge, South of Thornthwaite Hall, Shap Rural and  Bampton Parishes

Date of Closure: 14 – 18 October 2019

We have issued a notice to temporarily close Footpath 306004 & part of Footpath 361039, between Grid Refs NY 5109 1613 and NY 5148 1607, as shown in red on the map, at Park Bridge, South of Thornthwaite Hall, Shap Rural and Bampton Parishes, due to bridge maintenance work.

There is an alternative route on the south side of Haweswater Beck and along the road north of Naddle Bridge, as shown in green in the map.

Link to Map

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

Expires: 18 October 2019

Footpath 408085 and Part of Footpath 408037, Stanley Ghyll, Eskdale Parish

We have made an Order to temporarily close two paths at Stanley Ghyll, Eskdale  on weekdays from 9 - 27 September 2019. Footpath 408085, to the west of Stanley Ghyll, will be closed 7 am to 7 pm on weekdays from grid reference SD 1735 9959 to SD 1738 9937. It will be open from 7 pm to 7 am and all day at weekends.  An alternative route will be available to the west and south via Restricted Byway 408089. Part of Footpath 408087, the path to Stanley Force waterfall, will be closed on certain weekdays from 9 - 27 September 2019 from SD 1741 9961 to SD 1743 9954 when vegetation clearance is taking place above the path.  There is no realistic alternative route available.  There will be clear on-site signage indicating when the path is closed.

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 map and order: Notice and Order

Expires: 9 March 2020

Footpath 212072 & Part of Footpath 238026 at Ings Wood, Borrowdale and Keswick Parishes

Date of change: 5 August 2019

We have made an Order to temporarily close Footpath 212072 from NY 2690 2202 to NY 2686 2225 and part of Footpath 238026 from NY 2686 2225 to NY 2666 2219. The paths will be closed from 12 August to 25 November 2019 during path improvement works.  An alternative route will be available via existing rights of way and permitted routes.

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: Footpath 212072 and Par of Footpath 238026 at Ings Wood

Expires: 12 February 2020

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Part of Footpath 212068/212069, Great Wood, Borrowdale Parish

Date of change: 18 June 2019

We have made an Order to temporarily close Part of Footpath 212068/212069, west of Walla Crag, Great Wood, Borrowdale Parish from grid reference NY 2715 2103 to NY 2717 2133 and from grid reference NY 2707 2116 to NY 2727 2126 due to tree felling and thinning works.  The closure will be in place from 9am to 3.30 pm on Monday to Friday from 1 July until approximately 1 September 2019.

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 and order: Great Wood, Borrowdale

Expires: 1 January 2020

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Footpath 220050, The Muddocks Path, Buttermere Lakeshore, Buttermere and Brackenthwaite parish

Date of change: 15 May 2019

We have made an Order to temporarily close part of Footpath 220050, the Muddocks Path, Buttermere Lakeshore between NY 1891 1562 and NY 1912 1542 to enable path improvement works.  The path will be closed when works are taking place. Works are scheduled to last for approximately 7 weeks from 1 June 2019. An alternative route will be provided.  It is anticipated the work will be completed by 19 July 2019.

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, order and map

Expires: 1 December 2019

Prohibition of Traffic over Various Rights of Way affected by West Cumbria Pipeline Project, North of Rough How Bridge, St John's Castlerigg & Wythburn Parish Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Date of change:  10 October 2019

Previously made Orders to temporarily close the following rights of way have been extended by the Secretary of State until 1 April 2020:

St Johns Castlerigg & Wythburn Parish

Part of Bridleway 249025, North of Rough How Bridge (A-B on maps)

Part of Footpath 249056, Smaithwaite (L-M on maps)

Part of Footpath 249067, north-west of Smaithwaite (Q-R on maps)

Most of Footpath 249027, Shoulthwaite Moss (Y-Z on maps).  This path will be closed entirely for the whole six months, and NO alternative route will be available.

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

Link to site notices: Notices and map

Expiry: 1 April 2020

Longer Term Restrictions

ParishLocationPath or Road NumberDates of closureReason

Link to Order/Notice and Map

Lakes: LangdalesLittle Langdale Ford - River BrathayU5531Permanent Ford Impassable Link
ColtonNibthwaite to ParkamoorU5051Discretionary closures depending on weather and conditionTo protect the surface and amenity Link
ColtonRusland PoolU5566Seasonally closed between 1 October and 31 MayTo protect the fish stocks in Rusland Pool and both Ashes Beck and Force Beck Link
Longsleddale

Gatescarth Pass between Sadgill and Mardale

BOAT 548015 /  361002Permit systemTo protect the surface and amenity Link

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.