/ walna scar road
Walna Scar road is now permamently off-limits to motorised vehicles:
> 'Bout time!
Agreed, but when it was closed last time trail bikers didn't take much notice.
strange, as when I went up it at new year it was being massively re-engineered, to what looked like motorised standards? Seemed excessive and mainly vandalism IMHO.
I suspect part of the engineering work is to put in wide drainage channels to put off the trail bikers. Sadly it's more likely to encourage them (while pissing off the MTBers).
Yeah, when I was up there a few months ago there was a couple of JCBs and they seemed to be making a right mess. The sections that had already been re-engineered looked like you could drive a (insert car with very low ground clearance) up it. Surely this was uttery pointless and a total waste of money, if they have just closed it to all motorised vehicles anyway!
So does anyone know where the restriction starts? Will you still be able to get up to the common land there for camping/parking etc?
I'm assuming that the asphalt section from Coniston village to the gated start of the rough track (& the parking there) isn't facing the ban, it is public road???
According to the grough report "Any motorist or motorbiker now using Walna Scar Road between Coniston and Seathwaite will be committing an offence."
My guess would be either at the car park just through the gate or by Boo Tarn where the quarry track turns right.
At the Seathwaite end it's probably just through the gate before the utility track to the reservoir turns left.
Just guesses though.
One time climbing on Dow, couldn't find my car key at the end of the day. Spent the time walking back down to Boo Tarn wondering how we were going to get home.
Got to the car to find my key in the driver's door!
Nothing had been taken.
> Agreed, but when it was closed last time trail bikers didn't take much notice.
No they didn't, did they. I took a photo of one guy sitting next to his bike with the number clearly visible and sent it to National Park officer who deals with these issues. He said not worth pursuing as there was no evidence the guy had actually ridden his bike! Pushed it halfway up to the col, I s'pose. It is noticeable, though, what tiny number plates a lot of these bikes have, as if they didn't want to be identified! Isn't there a minimum legal size for the letters/numbers?
There is, but if the bikes not on a public road the regs won't apply.
Used to park up in the car park then walk down to the Sun for a few then walk back and kip in the motor and back out climbing on Dow the next day. Great times.
Spent my first wedding anniversary in the camper parked up there. Wok to a stunning sunrise, in a cloudless October sky.
It was saddening though to see that people had been driving further and further away from the dug out car park and the wider area was a mess of tyre tracks, litter and old bonfirese
Well at least it wasn't those filth trail-bike riding scum then! God forbid that normal car drivers could have actually caused some damage to a legal road.
Hmmm.. that makes Dow a bit of a walk now (as if it wasn't already!)
and please no 'in my day's - I'm old enough to remember that in my day, we used to drive up (I can still remember the stink of burning clutches).
I wonder if you will still get the summer night raves going on between the walna scar car park and the cheeky camping spots higher up. I remember coming down from Dow late one evening and it was in full swing, with a big winnibago (sp?) camper van stuck in the drainage gully. Was a bit surreal.
Had a bit of a dig around last night, and it appears like the order may just relate to the bridleway, ie starting from the car park. But this was far from clear, I couldn't see any categorical statements, and the documents of the recent decision don't seem to be online yet.
It could be easier to find but yes, just the bridleway:
Thanks guys. The thought of lugging a full rack from the gate is daunting enough, given my tired old knees...
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