18th April 2019

We have been receiving a high volume of e-mails about motorised use of fell lanes.  We have held the position since May 2018 that we believe there is a strong case for a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) on the Tilberthwaite and High Oxen Fell routes.  This position is on a policy basis that this use of the routes is not in line with the Sandford principle because it causes disturbance to the quiet enjoyment and tranquillity of the area.  We have also previously said that the use of the routes other than for land management purposes is not compatible with National Park purposes, which lends support to the case for a Traffic Regulation Order.  From the comments received we understand that this is an important issue for many people and we will continue to highlight this. 

As we explained previously the Lake District National Park Authority are carrying out a consultation on the future management of the routes and we would encourage anyone with concerns to contact the National Park Authority and to complete the survey which forms part of the consultation on the routes (see link below). The information gathered from the consultation exercise will be used to compile a report to the Rights of Way Committee in October and we will be writing to the Park Authority prior to this meeting supporting the introduction of a TRO. 

A number of e-mails raise the issue of the general use of motorised vehicles on fell lanes within the National Park. We have long raised concern about the nature of the activity and its’ conflicts with the purposes of the National Park and recognise there is a pressing need to establish a long term solution on the wider issue.  We are aware that the National Trust would welcome the introduction of a TRO at High Tilberthwaite. We support this position and will continue to work with them and other partners on the wider issue of motorised vehicles on fell lanes.


12th February 2019

We understand that the Tilberthwaite and High Oxen Fell roads are now open to motorised vehicles

The Lake District National Park Authority will be hosting two drop-in sessions for feedback about the routes on: 

  • Tuesday 26 February from 3.30pm – 7pm at Coniston Sports and Social Centre, Shepherds Bridge Lane, Coniston LA21 8AL.
  • Tuesday 5 March from 3.30pm – 7pm at Skelwith Parish Rooms, Community Hall, Skelwith Bridge LA22 9NW.

The Lake District National Park Authority will continue to monitor the use of the routes both in terms of their condition and vehicle movements through spring and summer this year.  There will also be on- site surveys and an online survey.

The information gathered from these exercises will be used to compile a report to the Rights of Way Committee in October.

A briefing note about the future management of the routes can be found here:

https://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/visiting/thingstodo/green_roads/future-management-of-tilberthwaite-and-oxen-fell-roads

We would urge all who care about protecting the routes to get involved in the surveys and/or attend a drop in session.


9th November 2018

Autumn is a great time to get out and about in the National Park but with the temporary closure to motorised vehicles of the route between Little Langdale and Tilberthwaite offers a unique and tranquil experience that contrasts strikingly with the normal experience in recent years due the increased use of motorised vehicles.  It’s a good idea to take a walk on this route- while its quiet.  Signs at the start of the route indicate current restrictions, though users must be mindful of the works that are being carried out on the track.

Friends of the Lake District believes that the motorised use of the route by vehicles other than for land management purposes is incompatible with National Park Purposes and there is a there is a strong case for a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) in this location based upon conserving and enhancing the natural beauty and tranquillity of the Park.

'Save Langdale Green Lanes' is a campaign challenging the use of 4x4 vehicles and motorbikes in this location. You can view more information about this issue and the campaigns objectives on its website at: www.savethelakedistrict.com (links to external website content)


22nd May 2018

4x4 Use in High Tilberthwaite
Due to the incompatibility of this use with National Park Purposes, Friends of the Lake District believes there is a strong case for a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) in this location.

'Save Langdale Green Lanes' is a campaign challenging the use of 4x4 vehicles and motorbikes in this location. You can view more information about this issue and the campaigns objectives on its website at: www.savethelakedistrict.com (links to external website content)