Public access around Thirlmere

We want all visitors at Thirlmere to experience a great day out and we would like to thank you for your patience and understanding while our team and specialist contractors worked to re-open areas around Thirlmere. We do understand it's frustrating, but following extensive storm damage we needed to restrict access to some areas for safety reasons.

There is currently full public access from the south end of Thirlmere at West Head, along the west road, to the A591 Keswick to Ambleside road.  Pedestrian access is available along the lakeshore footpath from Steel End to the dam, although there are certain locations where short detours must be made via the west road due to difficult terrain.

The road across the dam will remain closed for vehicles until further notice, however access is available for pedestrians and cyclists.

With the exception of Dam Triangle car park, all other car parks are open around Thirlmere - parking charges apply.

Our project team are also working in the area to install the new pipeline as part of our West Cumbria Water Supplies Project.  There are some footpaths around The Benn which have been closed while this work takes place, but we'll get them back open just as soon as we can.

Thank you for your patience while our teams are working.