Repairing flood damage in Borrowdale and Derwentwater

Ask the ranger team in Borrowdale and they'll tell you that Storm Desmond created 'twelve months' work in 24 hours' when it hit on 5th December 2015. And it didn’t stop there – we were hit by three further storm events during December 2015. Once the emergency work was done, it was time for us to take stock and start the long process of assessing how much damage had been done, and how we were going to start putting that right. Find out what we've been up to below...

Volunteer plants tree in Coledale Valley, Keswick

Slowing the flow at Coledale

Over the winter 2016/17 we're working with residents to make the upland landscape more resilient to future extreme rainfall events. The intense rainfall during Storm Desmond caused an enormous landslide upstream of Braithwaite village.

Before and after Storm Desmond, Friars Crag, Borrowdale

Storm Desmond in Borrowdale one year on

One year on from the storm which caused such devastation across the Lake District, find out what the rangers in Borrowdale and Derwent Water have done to repair the damage

Ranger Andy beside the digger that's creating the new path

New lakeshore path at Derwent Water 

When the lakeshore path beside Derwent Water was torn up by Storm Desmond, we created a plan to make its replacement more flood resilient and access friendly.

Traffic cones and barriers cordon off part of the path to Friars Crag

Fixing Friar's Crag

Runners on the Borrowdale Trail Race and the Scafell Pike Mountain Marathon helped to fund vital repairs to Friar's Crag. Find out how...

photo of stone bridge with sunlight sparkling off the water

Repairing flood damage to New Bridge at Rosthwaite

Our traditional stone packhorse bridges bore the brunt of the flood waters tearing down the valley last winter. Now we're repairing these precious heritage landmarks.

Runner Steve Birkinshaw with rangers on Cat Bells

Appeal for help to repair flood damage to Cat Bells

Keswick Mountain Festival and National Trust have teamed up to raise money to repair flood damage to Cat Bells. Record-breaking fell runner Steve Birkinshaw came along to help out.

Rangers repairing Cat Bells terrace path

Repairing flood damaged paths after winter 2015

We've been working really hard to re-open and repair as many paths and bridges as possible, following the damage caused by the storms in Winter 2015

Helping with the clean-up

Clearing the debris in Keswick 

Our forestry team have been busy helping with the clean up in Keswick.