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Severe weather may affect walkers

Posted 29 June 2012
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Severe weather may affect walkers
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Those who like to go walking at weekends whatever the weather will be well advised to have their waterproofs and good walking boots at the ready.

Severe rainstorms have caused flash-flooding in several areas around the country, with Cumbria among the areas hit hard.

A stretch of the West Coast main line between Oxenholme and Penrith was closed due to a landslide and East Coast mainline services were stopped north of Newcastle.

Walkers heading for these areas may wish to check the latest public transport and road situation, while the ground underfoot may be very wet.

Further rain is expected in places and some paths may be very muddy or even flooded.

While one railway line used by some visiting the Lake District has suffered a temporary closure, a campaign was launched by Barrow-in-Furness MP Tony Woodcock earlier this week to oppose possible cuts in services to the county from Manchester from 2014.

Cumbria Better Connected is concerned with planned reductions to services to south Cumbria and the Lakes line to Windermere.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801396796-ADNFCR