It was most enouraging this week to read that the A591 has been mended, and ahead of schedule. The A591 is the main road through the middle of the Lake District that links Ambleside and Grasmere in the south with Keswick in the north. Storm Desmond, at the end of 2015, washed part of it away. There was still a road open – the small road around the western side of Thirlmere. However this road is narrow and windy and not suited to the normal volume of traffic and so it was closed to everything except buses and bicycles.
All the publicity about Storm Desmond and the homes and businesses flooded seem to have convinced a lot of people that the Lake District suffered much more damage than it really did. As a result the tourist industry, on which many depend, has been very slow to pick up this year. Mine included – one reason for setting up this website was to try to get a few more people staying in Limestone Cottage!
One benefit from this road damage is that the National Park has improved an existing right of way over Dunmail Raise to make it easier to walk or cycle over the Raise without having to use the road.