Lake District flood repairs update

Flood Appeal funds six replacement bridges and repairs footpaths destroyed by Storm Desmond.

It’s nearly a year since Cumbria was battered by storms, Desmond, Eva and Frank.  In the aftermath, local landscape charity, Friends of the Lake District raised over £60,000 from its members and supporters in donations to its ‘Landscape Flood Appeal’.

Repaired bridge at Hoggs Earth, near Watendlath

Repaired bridge at Hoggs Earth, near Watendlath

In recent months, Friends of the Lake District has been working with Lake District National Park, Cumbria County Council and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority to spend the money where it was most urgently needed.

The focus has been on work to repair damaged footpaths and footbridges throughout Cumbria.

Generous donations to the charity’s appeal mean it has been able to provide funding and support for seven projects, including a replacement bridge over the River Rothay at the Badger Bar at Rydal, a replacement bridge at Hoggs Earth, near Watendlath, a replacement bridge at Birks Mill, Sedbergh, and repairs to damaged footpath at White Moss Common, between Rydal and Grasmere.

While Friends of the Lake District provided funding, this work has only been possible due to the hard work and expertise of staff from the Lake District National Park, Cumbria County Council and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

New bridge over the River Rothay at Rydal

New bridge over the River Rothay at Rydal

Alison Lax, Policy officer at Friends of the Lake District said: “We are very grateful to everyone who donated to our Landscape Flood Appeal, and these bridges and paths have been repaired thanks to their generosity. 

“There is a significant amount of work to footpaths in Cumbria still to do, but by bringing together the money we were able to raise, and working with the highly skilled and dedicated staff at both national parks and the county council, we have started to make good the damage, and are ensuring much loved, and much used, footpaths and bridges are more resilient for the future.”

Steve Gaskell, of Lake District National Park Authority, said: “The support of Friends of the Lake District members means a lot to us, to the locally affected businesses, and the thousands of visitors to the Lake District. The cash injection early on helped enormously in getting these important routes open again quickly. These projects are just the tip of the iceberg and we hope we can work with the Friends of the Lake District and others as we continue to repair the extensive damage to the path network caused by the storms.” 

The bridges, and paths repaired so far with support from the Friends’ Landscape Flood Appeal Fund are:

  • Bridge over the River Rothay at Rydal
  • Bridge at Hoggs Earth, Watendlath
  • Bridge over Pasture Beck, Hartsop
  • Birks Mill Bridge, near Sedbergh
  • Bridge at Barbondale, near Kirkby Lonsdale
  • Mint Bridge at Whinfell
  • Footpath repair work at White Moss Common, between Rydal and Grasmere