Cumbria (Lake District)

Information if you are planning on visiting the North of England to complete your DofE expedition in Cumbria.

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North of England Regional Office
Knotty Ash Centre
251 East Prescot Road, Liverpool
L14 5NA

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See path and bridge closures in the area, updated by the Lake District National Park Authority.

  1. GR298188 Shoulthwaite Gill (west of Thirlmere & Raven Crag). The public footpath is impassable for students with packs due to a wash-out which has occurred in a waterfall which the path traverses. There is no obvious safe way round. We turned back.
  2. Also supervisors need telling that this Shoulthwaite Gill path does NOT link up safely with the public footpath that goes to Castle Crag (fort). The path to the fort stops at the fort, above the crag. A steep gully and a deep rocky stream are at the foot of Castle Crag
  3. GR293018 public footpath north off Birk Fell into Greenburn valley is invisible
  4. GR168156 public bridleway off Red Pike below Bleaberry Tarn does not exist
  5. GR290013 Wetherlam Edge is too challenging for most groups – I wouldn’t let mine try it with backpacks
  6. GR202143 Fleetwith Edge is similarly horrid
  7. The footpath at Taylor Gill Force, Seathwaite. One of our Assessors suggested this be added to the ‘no-go’ areas due to the exposure and technical scrambling difficulties here, and the availability of the main footpath on the other side of the gill.

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