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The restorative power of green lanes 

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How many green lanes are there in  the Lake District? 

Altogether there are about 80 green lanes in the National Park that can be used by motor vehicles for recreational purposes.

The Hierarchy of Trail Routes, a voluntary restraint scheme adopted by the LDNPA and Cumbria County Council, identifies two categories of routes deserving special attention:


Red = Route has a lot of use, proceed with great care and follow advice or signs explaining special controls in place.  These routes are under the greatest pressure and there may be environmental issues plus the potential for misunderstanding or conflict with other users.


Amber = Route has moderate use; proceed with special care - there may be a lot of other users or land management issues. It may not be passable in all weathers.

There are 12 Red routes, all of them in Westmorland and Furness. One, the Old Coach Road, falls under the responsibility of both new local councils. Of the 26 Amber routes, 21 are in Westmorland and Furness, 5 in Cumberland.

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Old Coach Road (U2236/U3132)  1

High Tilberthwaite (U5001)  2

Hodge Close or Stang End (U5002)  3

Little Langdale (U5003)  4

High Oxenfell (U5004)  5

Tarn Hows or Old Mountain Road (U5015)  6

Grizedale-Esthwaite (U5050)  7

High Nibthwaite–Parkamoor (U5051) – managed by a discretionary TRO  8

Ickenthwaite (U5064)  9

Moss Wood (U5203)  10

The Riggs (U5213)  11

Stile End (U5255)  12

Gatescarth Pass (U5257) – managed by a permit-based TRO  13

Elterwater/Owlet’s Nest (U5529)  14

Rusland Pool (U5566) – managed by a seasonal TRO  15

Old Langdale Road (U5739)  16

Breast High Road (U3278)  17

Gamblesmire Lane (U5333)  18

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