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Fight the Fencing at Thirlmere

January 22, 2015



The Lake District needs your help once more!  United Utilities are applying for an 9.6km fence on the fells to the south west of Thirlmere. We believe this will be very damaging. We are asking you to take action by objecting or expressing concern about the application. Read more here.

Friends of the Lake District has three key concerns with this proposal:
• Lack of evidence to justify the need for the fence at the current time.
• Detrimental impacts on landscape, access and cultural heritage (including on potential World Heritage Site).
• Lack of a long term plan which means the likelihood is that this temporary fence will be permanent.

What are we campaigning for?
The application has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate. We are asking them to refuse the application at the present time to prevent harm to the landscape, cultural heritage and access.

How you can help
Write to the Planning Inspectorate and urge them to refuse this application. We only have until 16 February to respond and they will only refuse or call a hearing if there are lots of objections. Click here for further information to help you compose your reply. You can find out more on our website at

Please write or email the Planning Inspectorate by 16 February stating that you refer to United Utilities proposal to erect fencing on Whelpside, Steel End, West Head, Armboth, Bleaberry and Wythburn Fells Common at :-
The Planning Inspectorate, Rm 3/25B Hawk Wing,Temple Quay House, 2 The Square,
Bristol BS1 6PN.
Email :

Yours sincerely,

Jan Darrall

Policy officer, Friends of the Lake District

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 22, 2015 11:16 pm

    I’m not seeing it as a problem myself. There was an old boundary fence all along those fells – the posts are still there – it just doesn’t have its wire any more. I know as we were following the posts in the thick mist last time we did Ullscarth. They’ve said they’ll have regular points for walkers to cross through the fence. It should be easily stridden providing they don’t put barbed wire along it. There are deerfences all over Scotland which are very difficult to deal with if you can’t find a gate but I don’t think anyone is complaining about them.

  2. January 23, 2015 7:47 am

    I think there’s too much modern fencing in the Lakes. I do hear a lot of complaints about deer fences in Scotland.

  3. January 23, 2015 8:01 am

    My other problem with this is that its not many years since water companies tried to ban walkers from accessing their water gathering grounds. I suspect if we go on with this the temptation might be there again/

  4. January 23, 2015 2:27 pm

    I think your final point, in the comment above, is valid, John. Fewer people in the catchment area means water treatment regulations can be relaxed, means less financial outlay, means higher returns for shareholders. That might sound like a very cynical way of looking at things, but from what I see of this country of ours it’s the way things are going. Our rights are being chipped away on a daily basis, with any excuse being used (national security, austerity, commercial interests) to justify the outcome.
    United Utilities is trying it on to see what happens. But if it succeeds you can bet your life that other water companies will lodge similar plans and we’ll see fences going up everywhere.

  5. January 23, 2015 3:05 pm

    Agree, wouldn’t trust these utility companies any further than I could chuck them!

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