The A591 has re-opened – and with a brand new trail alongside it

The A591 that runs right through the heart of the Lake District has finally reopened after months of closure.

The busy route that forms the main link between the northern and southern ends of the National Park has been closed for repairs since December following damage sustained during the devastating floods in the region.

The reopening comes at a good time, with the Keswick Mountain Festival just around the corner (19-22 May). The event is expected to attract around 20,000 visitors to Cumbria.

A new bridleway will run alongside the road from Grasmere to Thirlmere. The trail – which will be usable by cyclists, walkers and horse riders – was commissioned as part of the recovery plans to help help reconnect communities as quickly as possible after the floods.

“This new trail is an important step forward for visitors and communities following last year’s flood,” said Richard Leafe, Chief Executive of the Lake District National Park. “Not only will it give more people the opportunity to explore the Lake District in different ways, but it also forms part of our vision to have a fully connected cycleway through the Lakes.”