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Riders warned over tracks closure for car rally

Posted 2 February 2011
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Riders warned over tracks closure for car rally
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People who like to head to the Lake District and spend a day on horseback with a riding hat will not be able to do so in parts of the national park on March 5th, it has been revealed.

The national park authority has said some public rights of way will be closed to horse riders, walkers and cyclists on that date due to the Malcolm Wilson Rally, which will see cars racing round part of the area and large numbers of spectators watching.

Grizedale Forest, Wythop and Whinlatter are the areas affected and those who do want to take a ride may wish to choose to visit another part of the national park.

Access and rights of way officer for the authority Nick Thorne said there was "no option" but to take this step, explaining: "It would present a serious risk if people were to carry on using the rights of way when the rally is in progress."

Among the possible routes are two former railway lines that now function as bridleways.

One of these runs south from Coniston down to the Furness area, while another is the Keswick to Penrith route.