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Lakes pass becomes walkers-only

Posted 2 June 2011
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Lakes pass becomes walkers-only
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A mountain pass in the Lake District will now be the sole preserve of those wearing walking boots or riding mountain bikes after a government inspector's ruling banned motorised traffic.

The Garburn Pass between Troutbeck and Kentmere in the south-east of the national park has been used by such vehicles in the past and the issue of whether there should be restrictions on its use has raged for centuries, as the route has been hard to maintain.

However, the decision now means any motorised vehicle owners trying to use the pass will be breaking the law and can be prosecuted.

The path has recently been repaired after receiving £55,000 worth of government funding following the extensive damage caused in the severe floods of late 2009.

Kentmere is a valley easily missed by those visiting the Lakes, who may pass by the lower end of it around the village of Staveley.

Its features include Kentmere Tarn, which was drained in the 19th century to enable silicon-rich soil to be extracted, but has since re-emerged as a smaller sheet of water.