AMBLESIDE NEWS – 24 February 2021

Get tested in Ambleside

Ambleside has a new drive through Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit at Rothay Holme each Tuesday and Wednesday,10am-3pm. Pre-booking is essential, either online at or by calling 119. Testing is available for those with coronavirus symptoms and home test kits can also be requested for people who cannot get to the testing site. Anyone testing positive is contacted by NHS Test and Trace to trace contacts and protect others from further transmission. Close contacts of those testing positive will also hear from NHS Test and Trace, asking them to stay at home for 10 days, and are advised to book a test if they develop symptoms.

A591 Road closures

There will be two full night-time road closures of the A591 in March during repairs to Holbeck Bridge. The bridge was found to have a defective concrete slab supporting the structure, and the timber footbridge on the upstream side also needs replacing. The A591 will be closed on Thursday March 11 from 8pm-7am, and Friday March 12, 8pm-7am, with diversions in place. There will be single lane traffic with two-way traffic lights also operating during daytime on Wednesday March 10 and Friday March 12, and every night from 8pm-7am between March 15-26.


Parish Council News

The latest Parish Council newsletter is inserted in the February edition of the Ambleside and Brathay Parish Magazine. The Council Clerk, Michael Johnson, is retiring in July and interviews are being held for applicants for the position, with a start date in April and a three month probationary period. Although meetings are in abeyance, once lockdown restrictions ease the Council hope to resume hybrid meetings. Meanwhile all essential business has been transacted, orders for payment distributed and agreed by email, planning decisions taken by email consensus and the day to day business of Lakes Parish Council continues with the Clerk in the Parish Office on Mondays and Fridays.

Getting prepared for expected tourist invasion?

With large numbers of visitors expected this year, Coun Paul Truelove has highlighted areas needing better signage, especially Red Bank Road, Grasmere, with signs for motorists warning them to expect and respect pedestrians and cyclists on the steep hill. He also suggested a sign for pedestrians on the U5629 between Elterwater and Little Langdale which is enclosed by rock faces and walls, warning of usage by 4x4s and trail bikes. More prominent signage for drivers was also needed at entry points to cul-de-sacs with no parking. Elterwater Common was particularly vulnerable to fly parking, where roadside parking also made it difficult for bus drivers on the Great Langdale route. He said that consideration might be given to the threat of towing away obstructing vehicles, plus the positioning of large rocks, to prevent further encroachment on the Common. If Grasmere Sports field was to be used again this year for the extension of emergency parking, planning permission would be needed, he added.

Concern had also been expressed by a resident about parking on verges and on tops of hills along the minor road between White Moss Common and Dove Cottage, which had blocked visibility, obstructed local traffic and possible passage by any emergency vehicles, and left verges churned up, exposing tarmac to erosion.

Footbridge repairs

Ambleside Chamber of Trade have been informed that SLDC are considering different options for repairing damaged plywood on the pedestrian timber bridge over Stock Beck, which links Rydal Road car park with the route into town. The bridge is used in great numbers by visitors and is currently cordoned off.

Parish Centre

Ambleside Parish Centre is sending out a questionnaire to establish new ways to work most effectively in the community and identify needs, especially for those feeling isolated and unable to use Zoom or WhatsApp and who might like to join online classes and clubs. Email Juliet Cunningham, for copies of the questionnaire.


Ambleside Kirkstone Rotary’s recent Zoom meeting was joined by guest speaker Rebecca Brown from St Mary’s Hospice, Ulverston who spoke about the dedicated and enthusiastic work being done by the Hospice staff and volunteers, despite the effects and restrictions imposed on them by Covid 19. The Club will continue its support for the Hospice when restrictions allow further fundraising events.


IF YOU ARE CONCERNED THAT A SECOND HOME or holiday let is being used in breach of current lockdown regulations, you can report this to the Police for investgation at: If you wish to report incidences of overnighting such as in tents or campers in the National Park you can email the LDNPA at:

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