Management of two unsealed public roads in the Lake District


You may be aware that the Lake District National park Authority (LDNPA) are currently undertaking a project to determine the most appropriate management of two unsealed public roads in the Lake District – namely at Tilberthwaite (UID: NY3001-02) and High Oxen Fell (UID: NY3101-04). A full explanation of this project, along with timelines and next steps can be found on their website:

Their next step is to seek evidence and information from people who have used these roads, or the adjoining open countryside. This evidence will help them decide their future decisions.

There is one remaining local drop-in session:

Tuesday 5 March

from 3.30pm – 7.00pm at Skelwith Parish Rooms, Community Hall, Skelwith Bridge LA22 9NW

The authority state:

These will be an opportunity for people to informally discuss the track, and to view photos and maps. There will be staff from the Lake District National Park Authority, Cumbria County Council and National Trust attending the sessions.

We are also seeking information through online surveys.

These are now accessible by clicking on the following links (one survey for each road):


We would like as many people as possible to complete these surveys – from all types of user whether they be walkers, cyclists, horse-riders, motorists and so on. Please could you therefore consider completing these surveys yourself, and also forward the links onto members of your organisation, clients, and other parties you consider may be able to complete the surveys.

Please note that the surveys are for people who have actually used these specific roads, or the countryside adjoining these roads. It is not designed to capture generic views and requests.

As you can imagine, the antis will jump on this in order to try and get the routes TROd, even though we have access to so few green roads in the Lakes, especially since 2006 when we lost around 50% of our unsurfaced roads, so we urge you to fill out the surveys if you have driven or ridden them, but please read the background document here first.

To put it into perspective, in the Lake District National Park, there are some 3,280km of public unsealed minor roads, byways open to all traffic, restricted byways, bridleways and footpaths. There are legally established, or presumed, motor vehicle rights on around 121km of these (around 3.7% of the unsurfaced network).

It's important that your info is factual and honest and, not too ranty, as it will be dismissed by LDNPA.

The survey closes on 20 May 2019

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