A GOVERNMENT appointed planning inspector has ruled that an ancient Lake District fell pass is out of bounds for motorised vehicles.
The decision by the Secretary of State to make Garburn Pass, between Troutbeck and Kentmere, a ‘restricted byway’ follows three years of legal argument.
It means that any motorist or motorcyclist using the pass is committing a criminal offence and could face serious legal consequences.
The inspector went through hundreds of pages of documents ranging from maps of 1822, guide books of the 1880s, and photographs of motorbikes using the pass in the 1920s.
The Lake District National Park Authority has also announced that thanks to around £55,000 of Government funding invested in repairs following the 2009 floods, the pass is probably in better condition than it has been for hundreds of years.
“The storms of November 2009 badly damaged both sides of the pass, especially the western side where the track effectively became a river, and most of the surface ended up on the main road,” said National Park Countryside Access Adviser Nick Thorne.
“We were able to obtain significant funding under the Paths for the Public Project, funded by Defra, the Rural Development Programme for England, and Cumbria County Council. And we have now completely rebuilt the worst affected areas in three stages with the work being carried out by our own staff, the National Trust, and a local contractor.”
CONGRATULATIONS to all our Easter Egg hunters. Once again the Easter Bunny visited the grounds of the Hotel and left 30 eggs hidden away amongst the flower beds. The Easter egg hunting team, some 15 hunters strong this year made short work of finding all the eggs, including the fantastic golden egg, special congratulations Georgie Madeley, The bunny also left Easter gifts for all egg hunters.
The bunny will be back next year, rumour has he may even have a special costume for the occasion.
Hope you all had a great Easter and have been enjoying the fine weather.
Is it too late for a William and Kate Scavenger Hunt this Friday?? possibly!!
Till next time enjoy your chocolate and practice your bunny bouncing for next year!!