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 here (Link to Openness of Government page under construction)

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 or

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

Extension of Temporary Closure Order - Various Rights of Way in Wythop Woods and Above Derwent Parishs

Date of change:  9 January 2019

The Secretary of State has granted an extension to the Order to temporarily close all the public rights of way in Wythop Woods to enable safe clearance, felling, thinning and extraction works.  The order has been extended until 31 July 2019 (or until works are complete, if this is earlier)

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 extension notice

Extension of Temporary Closure Order - Bridleway 411010 and 411016, Miterdale Forest, Irton with Santon Parish

Date of change: 6 January 2018

The Secretary of State has extended the Order to temporarily close part of Bridleway 411010 and 411016 from the grid reference NY 1409 0119 to NY 1428 0091 and NY 1421 0122 to NY 1367 0083 in Miterdale Forest in Irton with Santon Parish to enable clearance and extraction of windblown trees.

If you have any queries, please contact Sarah Blakemore, Rights of Way and Access Assistant on 01539 792698 ext. 2710 or sarah.blakemore@lakedistrict.gov.uk.

Link to: Notice and Order

Expires:  6 July 2019 (or when works are complete, if this is earlier)

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

Date of change: 15 January 2019

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 8 December 2018 (Grizedale Forest, Broughton Moor) Malcolm Wilson Rally: Saturday 9 March 2019 (Whinlatter Forest, Grizedale Forest and Broughton Moor).

Although the order duration is for 6 months, the paths will only be closed for 24 hours on the above two days at the specified locations.

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 Order

Expires: 1 June 2019

Footpaths 249050 and 249054 at Raven Crag and Round Mount, Thirlmere, St John's Castlerigg & Wythburn Parish

Date of change: 1 November 2018

We have made an Order to temporarily close the whole of Footpath 249054 between grid references NY 2993 1885 and NY 3068 1905 and the whole of Footpath 249050 between NY 3059 1867 and NY 3069 1828 due to danger from storm damaged trees.

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: Order and Notice

Expires: 30 April 2019

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Footpath 521011, Tarn Beck near Havelock Cottage, Dunnerdale-with-Seathwaite

Date of change: 12 October 2018

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.

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

Link to Order and Notice: FP 521011

Expires: 13 April 2019

Extension of Temporary Closure Order Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Bridleway 581006/545031 at Troutbeck Ford, Lakes: Troutbeck and Windermere Parishes

Date of change:  26 September 2018

The Secretary of State has extended the Order to temporarily close Bridleway 581006/545031 at Troutbeck Ford between NY 4070 0201 and NY 4106 0190 to enable bridge replacement works as part of the 'Routes to Resilience' Flood Recovery Project following Storm Desmond.  The closure has been extended until 31 January 2019 (or until the works are complete, whichever is earlier).

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 map: Notice and Order

Expires: 31 January 2019

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

Date of change:  10 September 2018

We have made an Order to temporarily close Footpath 249026 from the A591 across Naddle Beck to BW 249025, BW 249025 from the south of Brownbeck Cottages to Rough How Bridge and FP 249044 between Rough How Bridge and NY 3033 2091, just west of the small tarn.  An alternative is available across the open access land to the east.

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: Rough How Bridge

Expires:  11 March 2019

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Bridleway 201006, Thornthwaite Forest, Whinlatter, Above Derwent Forest

Date of change:  10 September 2018

We have made an Order to temporarily close Bridleway 201006 from Whinlatter Car Park through Thornthwaite Forest, Whinlatter between NY 2064 2449 and NY 2210 2516.  The closure will be in force for three months, but will only be activated for around 15 days when the Forestry Commission will be carrying out low-flying timber extraction activities. The wider forest complex will also be closed on the same days - and this will be well signed by the Forestry Commission.

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

Link to Order and map:  Thornthwaite Forest

Various Rights of Way in Wythop Woods, Wythop and Above Derwent Parishes

Date of change:  10 August 2018

We have made an Order to temporarily close all the public rights of way in Wythop Woods for an initial period of six months from 10 August 2018 to enable safe clearance, felling, thinning and extraction works.

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

Link to Order and map:  Wythop Woods

Expires:  11 February 2019

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Footpath 577003, Barrowfield Lot, Underbarrow & Bradleyfield Parish

Date of change: 1 August 2018

We have made an Order to temporarily close Footpath 577003 between grid references SD 4772 9093 and SD 4812 9082 through Barrowfield Lot, Brigsteer, Underbarrow & Bradleyfield Parish to enable timber harvesting works to take place.  The works are planned to take place during September 2018.

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

Link to notice, order and map

Expires: 10 February 2019

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Bridleway 411010 & 411016, Miterdale Forest, Irton with Santon parish

Date of change: 6 July 2018

We have made an Order to temporarily close part of Bridleway 411010 and 411016 from grid reference NY 1409 0119 to NY 1428 0091 and NY 1421 0122 to NY 1367 0083 in Miterdale Forest in Irton with Santon Parish to enable clearance and extraction of windblown trees.

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:  Miterdale Forest

Expires:  6 January 2019

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.