The famous unsurfaced Lake District route Walna Scar is the subject of considerable debate again. After the receipt of the BOAT modification order application, the Lake District National Park Authority assessed all the evidence it had and concluded that the route should be a restricted byway (open to all traffic except motorised vehicles). The Lake District National Park Authority made an order for this in 2007.
After objections were made and further evidence received, an independent inspector appointed by the Secretary of State decided that the route was a Byway Open to All Traffic including motor vehicles. As a result, on June 15 2010 the route again became available for all traffic but following an appeal to the High Court, the inspector’s decision has been quashed, and the whole process must start again.
This means that as from August 20 2010, the Walna Scar Road between the fell wall above Coniston to the tarmac road near Seathwaite once again has the legal status of public bridleway. Therefore, any usage by motorbikes or 4x4 vehicles will again be a criminal offence until the status is finally resolved. Users are asked to respect this.
The Lake District National Park Authority now begin the process again, and expects to take a report to its rights of way committee in January 2011.