Lake District floods, December 2015

Published : 14 Jan 2016 Last update : 03 May 2016

On the 5 and 6 December 2015 Storm Desmond swept across the North of England affecting many of our places in the Lake District. The met office confirmed a record rainfall in Cumbria with 341.4mm of rain in just 24 hours.

Help us repair the iconic Cat Bells path 

We've joined forces with Keswick Mountain Festival to try and raise £25,000 for urgent work needed on Cat Bells path on the Western Shore of Derwent Water near Keswick.

Joe Cornforth, Upland Path Supervisor for the National Trust in the North Lakes, said: 'Storm Desmond caused a landslide on Cat Bells, ripping straight through the well-known lower terrace path and making existing erosion scars on the summit path so much worse that they almost became unwalkable. ' You can find out more here.

Published 30 March 2016:

Bridging 'the gap' between Keswick and Grasmere

Great news, Stagecoach have been working with Cumbria County Council to improve the connections between Grasmere and Keswick. The NEW 555 shuttle bus service between Grasmere and Keswick starts Tuesday 16 February.

Storm Desmond caused significant damage to the A591 between Grasmere and Keswick, and whilst we wait for the Highways Agency to fully rebuild the road again, this shuttle service will run along the western shore of Thirlmere, connecting people once again to Keswick.

Take a look at the timetable for this service.

Published 5 Feb 2016:

Despite the floods, nearly all of the Lake District is now totally accessible.  The floods left quite a mess behind in the countryside and were still working on getting things ship shape again, but most footpaths are open and perfectly safe to use.

Over the past few months our teams have been busy assessing the impact of the floods on our places. We’ve worked closely with tenant farmers and members of the local community in this major clean-up operation. The scale and the cost of the recovery does continue to rise.

Thank you for your ongoing messages of support, there is still plenty of work to be done and your help is much appreciated. We will keep this article updated to keep you informed of our plans as they develop.

Published 14 Jan 2016:

On the 5 and 6 December 2015, the met office confirmed a record rainfall in Cumbria with 341.4mm of rain in just 24 hours. Our teams have been out for weeks since, assessing the impact of the floods, working with our tenant farmers and supporting the local communities with a major clean up operation. 

The shop and café at Fell Foot Country Park, at the southern end of Lake Windermere were flooded and the area was under water for weeks following the storm. 

Wordsworth House, which was badly affected by the floods of 2009 in Cockermouth, saw the basement and ground floor suffer flooding.

Dramatic images taken from Latrigg, one of the lower fells in the National Park, showed the extent of the flooding as the lakes of Bassenthwaite and Derwent Water, near Keswick, joined together. Infrastructure has been hugely affected, with various landslides, roads and bridges collapsed across the county. 

Landslide at Braithwaite
Landslide at Braithwaite, Cumbria
Landslide at Braithwaite

Storm Desmond has also affected a much loved woodland area in nearby Northumberland. At Allen Banks, a recently installed footbridge, known as the ‘Wobbly Bridge’, across the beautiful River Allen was washed away by the storm.

Thank you for all the ongoing messages of support. We're working hard to return these special places to normal again. 

Email Vicky to help volunteer.
To find out more, see how we're helping to clear up.

Donate to the Lake District flood appeal

With your support we can continue to repair the destruction caused by Storm Desmond and protect the Lake District from future storms