Thirlmere reservoir - safety information

We want all visitors at Thirlmere to experience a great day out in the beautiful landscape, but it’s really important that you can do so safely.

In early March 2018 a large number of established trees were blown down during the extreme weather conditions. Some of the trees are more than 100ft tall and weigh almost five tonnes. This has also resulted in a lot of loose soil and boulders which have made some of the banks unstable.

For public safety, and to allow our teams to carry out major recovery work we have closed the west side of the road around the reservoir, along with several footpaths and car parks. You can still enjoy other footpaths around Thirlmere which are open as normal.

Access restriction details

Vehicles and cyclists: From the south you can still gain access to Steel End car park. The road is completely closed from the north.

Pedestrians: From the south you can only walk from Steel End car park up the Public Right of Way on open ground up to Harrop Tarn.  From the north you can only walk via Shoulthwaite Farm around the back of the Benn and up to Raven Crag.

It is vital that visitors stay safe when enjoying the area, so please observe signage which is clearly displayed at the areas which have been closed while we clear and repair the damage. We will be working as quickly as we can and will aim to reopen the road, car parks and footpaths as soon as possible.

We have to work around some environmental constraints but we're hoping to have the road re-opened by early autumn 2018.

More information about Thirlmere closures can be viewed on this map (PDF 3.8MB opens in new window) 

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