The snows and winds over March caused some damage to the road on the west side of Thirlmere. This has unfortunately made it unsafe to use and the repair work will not be complete before walkday; you can find out more on the United Utilities webpage here.
Have no fear though, as one of the sponsors of the walks, United Utilities were keen to continue their support and have offered an alternate route on the east side of Thirlmere. Some of our more intrepid committee members braved the snow to try it out. The verdict being: lovely views, definitely take some jelly babies for the short steep bit in the middle and a nice wide (though not tarmaced) path, then you're back on the normal route and up to Dunmail.
So what does this mean for you? For all those arriving by Happy Bus, very little. There is limited set down space at the start, so to accomodate for any hold ups rather than a 5:30 am group start the runners will be racing against their tagged start time. All traffic will be directed to the start from the A66, via the B5322 (St John in the Vale road), from there we will control the traffic to the start to make sure we're not blocking the road. We do have to receive permission from the local councils to put on the event, so we ask that if you are unable to use the Happy Bus service for whatever reason, that you follow the event traffic so we can minimise the risk of any accidents. We are in the process of updating the maps on our website, so please bear with us.
And next year? Back to the planned route with a start at Legburthwaite, followed by the west side of Thirlmere.
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