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The blocked Row's  listed, are routes which the CBS are currently aware of, and in many instances, dealing with. However, if you know of a problem or blocked way not listed, please contact the CBS or your area Field Officer

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Details of the Problem

Above Derwent: Whinlatter to A66



 Damage to Path

Above Derwent: Littletown - Manesty.



Dangerous, do not attempt with a horse.

Appleby-in-Westmorland: Colby Lane.Path to Tollbar  Cottage

to follow


Reported as :- So overgrown, it is almost impossible to get a horse through. CBS investigating.

Appleby-in-Westmorland: Colby Lane. Jerusalem Farm via Bandley Bridge.

to follow


Un co-operative Farmer. Locked gate across track. There is  Pedestrian Access, but this is unsuitable and unsafe for the horse. CBS investigating.




Twine across path  Uncooperative farmer.

Barton: Winder Hall area.



Deep Slurry - drainage problem

Blennerhasset: east of Whitrigg



Not accessible / signposted.

Borrowdale: Greenup Gill



Unreasonable diversion (NT land)

Borrowdale: Langstrath



There is a short narrow section  where  a   wire fence  has been erected. This has been placed infront of the original wall line,  and  at the  point where  a large boulder  protrudes onto the BW,  it is too narrow for a horse to  get through safely. The  fence line needs  moving  back to widen the original wall line. However, there is a way around!.

Buttermere: Scarth Gap Pass.



Eroded in very bad repair.

Buttermere: Hause Pt. Crummock



Wet in places.




 BW status challenged, CBS are researching this. User evidence required, please contact the Society.




Status challenged, CBS are researching this. User evidence required, please contact the Society

Borrowdale: Watendlath to Thirlmere.



Dangerous:-  The top of the fell, has area’s of  deep bog, which even in summer at too wet to cross safely.  Drainage work needed to make this ROW safe and usable. The pitched section is also  VERY slippy.




Not accessible.

Colton: Parkamoor,



Major work in progress to re align this route to  the original ROW through.  Please avoid if you can, we will update you when the work is completed.

Colton: Hill Farm area.



Drainage problem and new gate needed. Field Officer presently checking this out, more info later.





Embleton: Stranger Holy Well



Drainage problem, VERY  marshy in places.

Eskdale: Wha House.



Difficult gate onto the road, needs realigning

Eskdale: Decent into Boot from Burnmoor Tarn.



The last part of this route is  rough and stony.

Gilcrux: Grange Grassings.



Obstruction in the Plantation.

Gosforth: Blengdale Forest.



Wet areas due to drainage problem.

Irton W Santon: Forest Bridge



Wet and eroded

Lakes: Garburn Pass, Linking Troutbeck to Kentmere...........This is an ancient historical Packhorse Trade Route.



Very badly eroded in places. Especially  the descent into Kentmere.

Lakes: Gatesgarth Pass - Historical Packhorse route.

UPDATE see News & Updates


Voluntary Restriction Order on this, closed to vehicular traffic only.Bikes may use it, but it is rough in places. Inspectors Report in, will affect Horse riders

Lakes: Rydal to Grasmere, known locally as the Coffin Track.



The gate at the Grasmere end (Whitemoss) is too small for a BW, you may need to untack to get through it. Still awaiting LDNPA to replace gate with correct size for status. There is also a short area of bedrock where you will need to dismount and lead.

Lakes: Grasmere to Easedale Tarn. Cul de Sac.



This BW is very stony and rough on the ascent alongside Sourmilk Gill.  The pitched areas are not horse friendly and are  too narrow when taking other users into consideration. 

Lakes:  Grizedale Tarn: Grasmere to Patterdale, another ancient packhorse route.


There is a large boulder field on the descent into Patterdale.Difficult for a horse. The original packhorse route, is now hidden from view, it  needs looking for on  foot, WITHOUT YOUR HORSE,  before you try to cross this area. It is not waymarked.

Lakes: Langdale Rossett Gill, linking Langdale to Wasdale............ This is an ancient  and historical Packhorse route.A SECTION 56 HAS BEEN SERVED ON THE LDNPA. Dec.18th 2002

Updated See News - 2004



 Dangerous:- Do not attempt on a horse.Impassable at the head of the Langdale Valley due to extensive erosion on the top 100 metres of the path. There is no alternative route,  and there are no  warning notices at either end. This is not the  original Packhorse Route - this  starts on Bow Fell,

Lakes: Langdale, between the  Old Dungeon Ghyll & the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotels



Care needed at the New Dungeon Ghyll end due to large wet slippy bedrock area. This was mentioned at a recent meeting with the National Trust - work is scheduled to start on this soon. More news as it comes in.

Lakes: A591 link to the Grasmere end -Whitemoss - How Top -end  of the Coffin Track.


This ROW is wrongly way marked as a Footpath, it is a UUCR. You have the right to use it.

Lakes: Langdale: Elterwater,  The old road over the  Common. is not waymarked, however, it is easy to follow  on the ground.


This is the original road which precedes the present metalled road built by the Gunpowder works. Although not waymarked, it is easy to follow. It can be wet in places after heavy rain, but you can get around these easily.

Muncaster: Lal Raty



Wet Railway Crossing.

Mungrisdale: Newsham - Wellhouse



Gate Wired up. There are also erosion problems.

Nether Wasdale: Styhead to Wasdale at the Mountain Stretcher Box.


The original Packhorse route from Styhead Tarn down into Wasdale is not waymarked and the start is difficult to find on the ground. Please email the Society for directions if you  plan to go this way.

Nether Wasdale: Styhead to Wasdale BW along Bursting Knot and Toad How.


Dangerous, do not attempt. This route is the most obvious on the ground, however, it is very badly eroded. Use the old packhorse route (see above)

Oughtergate: Blue Dial Farm



Status challenged, User Evidence required, please contact the Society.

Shap Rural: Gatesgarth Pass



A Traffic Restriction Order has been placed on this route, however, this only applies to vehicular traffic, and does not apply to horses or bikes. Drainage and repair work in progress.  There is an interesting article in this months (July) Cumbria Magazine, regarding Users and there is to be a Public Enquiry Later in the year. More info as it comes in.

Shap Rural: Mosedale - Gatesgarth



Drainage problems.

St Johns Cas: Harrop Tarn



Very eroded path.

 Skelwith: Loughrigg Fell: from Sheepfold to road near Ellers How.



 BW  status challenged by landowner. 3 foot metal gate, with wooden steps and a hand rail, make this BW presently closed to  the horse and rider. User evidence needed, if you can help please contact the Society.

Threlkeld: Track to Skiddaw Hse.



Rough in places.

Underskiddaw: Lonscale Fell



Dangerous Rocky Stretch

Waberthwaite: Newbiggin



Footpath being upgraded to BW

Walna Scar Road- Coniston to Seathwaite.


This ancient pass, is very badly eroded and rough on the Coniston side of the pass, but much good work has been done on the Seathwaite side. There is a voluntary Traffic Restriction order on this pass at the moment. However, this only affects vehicular traffic, so horses and bikes are OK. Work is ongoing on this route.

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