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The Greenwood Trails

Encouraging people to explore the area sustainably. The trails will provide links and routes to promote the woodland heritage and key points of interest. Visit the project page to find out more about the trails.

The Greenwood Trails project aims to encourage people to explore the natural and cultural heritage of the area Rusland Valley sustainably through a series of self-guided trails. The trails will use the existing rights of way network and quiet lanes within the area, in addition to looking for opportunities where there are gaps in the network. The routes will be circular and aim to start from existing car parks, or link to visitor attractions in the area to extend people’s stay. The first of the Greenwood Trails has now been completed and the second one will be finalised n May 2018:

Greenwood Trail 1: Old Hall Farm to Rusland Moss and Hay Bridge

Greenwood Trail 2: Haverthwaite Heights to Abbots Reading

Greenwood Trail 3: The Bobbin Mill to High Dam, Yewbarrow and Finsthwaite

Greenwood Trail 4: Oxen Park to Bethecar Moor

There is a long tradition of routes through the area that were used to transport timber, and other woodland produce down from the woodlands to the urban centres and the coast. There are also several packhorse routes that were developed through the area to link communities and churches.

We will be developing these trails by:

  • Improving the rights of way network on the ground with our apprentices and volunteers from the local community.
  • Working with our apprentices to conserve prime landscape features along the trails.
  • Promoting the trails on the ground through specifically waymarked routes.
  • Developing self-guided trail leaflets and online information to guide people through the area with volunteers from the local community.

So far so good...

Update January 2019:....

  • Fourth Greenwood Trail launched on 17th January on a sunny and clear winter day at Abbot Park Farm.
  • Third Greenwood Trail ( Bobbin Mill, High Dam, Yewbarrow and Finsthwaite) launched on 13th July 2018 at a Community Forum event at Stott Park Bobbin Mill
  • Second Greenwood Trail (Haverthwaite Heights to Abbots Reading) launched in May 2018
  • An old bark-peeler's hut has been restored along the Haverthwaite Heights route.
  • New public footpath dedicated on the Haverthwaite Heights route, which links two other rights of way within the woodland.
  • First Greenwood Trail (Bouth to Rusland) Launch Event held on 22nd July 2017 at Old Hall Farm, Bouth, with a walk along part of the first Trail.
  • Greenwood Trails waymarkers placed along this route.
  • Access has been improved on two of the six routes. Improvements are currently being made to the third route.
  • 2km of footpath improved.
  • 500 metres of boardwalk built by the Valley Futures apprentices at Rusland Moss.
  • Overgrown paths have been cleared in Haverthwaite Heights.
  • Archaeological features along the routes have been mapped.
  • 7 volunteers are involved in researching the history of the trails.

Did you know?

There is a total of 142.12km of rights of way within the Rusland Horizons Scheme area (compared to 3,079km covering the whole of the Lake District National Park). This can be broken down to:

  • Footpath 96.65 km
  • Bridleway 44.21 km
  • Byway Open to All Traffic 1.27 km
  • Restricted Byway 0.00 km

Download the walk leaflets below

Project Lead

Lake District National Park Authority

The Challenge

Our research during our development stage showed that people (both residents and visitors) use the area for recreational purposes, appreciate the landscape in a very general sense and enjoy the quiet and peaceful nature of the area. There was a feeling that we could help deepen people’s understanding and engagement with the heritage of the area by improving access and information. The people who visit the area could be encouraged to provide more economic benefits for local businesses if they were to stay longer. There is already a good network of Rights of Way; however there are some notable limitations.

Our Approach

We are encouraging people to explore the Rusland area sustainably as some of the trails will start or link to sustainable modes of transport such as the railway or lake steamers.

We want to extend people’s time in the area, and are creating trails that link to existing visitor attractions.

The trails will also be an opportunity to promote the archaeology, woodland management and landscape features within the area.

Can You Help?

We need volunteers

Unless marked as optional, all fields are required

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Rusland Horizons was a Landscape Partnership funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund until July 2019. It is now being delivered by The Rusland Horizons Trust Limited. Company No. 2133450; Charity No. 519410; Registered Office: Bleacott Farm, Witherslack, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 6RZ.