The Lake District National Park Authority has now opened a survey on two fell roads at High Oxen Fell and Tilberthwaite.

Though both public roads, these roads are partly tarmac and partly unsealed. Pedestrians, horse riders, cyclists, motorcyclists, and motorists can use their whole length.

During the past 20 years or so, motor vehicle usage of both these roads has increased, which, combined with declining minor maintenance of the surface and severe weather incidents, has led to a deterioration in the surface of the Tilberthwaite road in particular. We understand that the Tilberthwaite and High Oxen Fell roads are now open to off road vehicles.

The National Park Authority wants to hear about people's experiences on, or nearby, these two roads. Good, bad or negative – and how people have used them.

Survey closes 20 May 2019.  The survey and background information can be found at:

In addition to the survey the Park Authority is hosting two drop in sessions: 

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

Friends of the Lake District believes that there is a strong case for introducing a Traffic Regulation Order, restricting motorised use of the lanes to preserve the natural beauty and tranquillity of the area. We would urge all who care about protecting the routes to get involved in the surveys and/or attend a drop in session.

An independent campaign group called 'Save Langdale Green Lanes' has challenged the use of 4x4 vehicles and motorbikes in this location. More information about this topic and the group’s campaign objectives is available on its website at: (links to external website content)