© D Kidwell

The Greenwood Trails (2016 - now)

Encouraging people to explore the area sustainably. The trails promote appreciation of the woodland heritage, with key points of interest.

Scroll down to visit the individual trail pages for details, maps and downloadable leaflets.

There is a long tradition of paths and packhorse routes through the area that were used to link communicaties and churches, and to transport materials like iron ore, timber and other woodland produce between the coast, the urban centres and the woodlands. The Greenwood Trails project aims to encourage people to explore the natural and cultural heritage of the Rusland area sustainably through a series of self-guided trails. The trails use the existing rights of way network and quiet lanes within the area, in addition to looking for opportunities for new rights of way where there are gaps in the network. The routes are circular and start from existing car parks, linking to visitor attractions in the area where possible, to extend people’s stay. The project focussed on:

  • 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.

The eight trails are listed below with links to their information pages, leaflet downloads and maps of the routes:

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

Greenwood Trail 5: Rusland valley and Yewbarrow

Greenwood Trail 6: Grizedale West

Greenwood Trail 7: Finsthwaite Tower and The Knott

Greenwood Trail 8: Satterthwaite and Rusland

Rusland Pool River © Phil Walker

So far so good...

Duriing the Rusland Horizons Landscape Partnership (2016-2019), the Greenwood Trails were established.  The trails and ther associated resources are a fantastic resource to explore the area.  During the period 2016-2019:

  • Access was improved on the routes, including stone stiles, boardwalks, and new finger-posts.
  • Archaeological features along the routes were mapped.
  • An old bark-peeler's hut was restored along the Haverthwaite Heights route.
  • New public footpath was dedicated on the Haverthwaite Heights route, linking two other rights of way within the woodland.
  • Greenwood Trails waymarkers were placed along all the routes.
  • Footpaths were cleared and improved.
  • 500 metres of boardwalk were built by the Valley Futures apprentices at Rusland Moss.
  • 7 volunteers were 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 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

The Challenge

Our research during our development stage (pre 2016) 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 was already a good network of Rights of Way; however there were some notable limitations.

Our Approach

We are encouraging people to explore the Rusland area sustainably as some of the trails 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 created trails that link to existing visitor attractions.

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

© Rusland Horizons 2017 - 2024. All rights reserved.
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.