People crossing from Coniston to the Duddon Valley in the Lake District will mostly be doing so with walking boots
or mountain bikes
from now on, after motorised vehicles were finally banned from the route.
The Lake District National Park Authority has revealed that the secretary of state has confirmed the ban, after an argument that has rumbled on for decades.
National park countryside access adviser Nick Thorne noted that the case has been complex, with large quantities of evidence being sifted through.
He added: "The Secretary of State has finally concluded that the correct legal status of the route is a 'Restricted Byway' - which, unless legislation changes, will remain its status into the future."
Non-motorised traffic will be allowed on the route, Mr Thorne stated.
As a result, anyone driving a 4x4, quad bike or motorcycle on the route will be committing a crime.
Walkers using the Walna Scar Road can also use it as an approach route for climbing Dow Crag and the Old Man of Coniston.