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New trail to link flood-hit lakeland at Dunmail Rise

The new cycle, walking and bridle route from Dunmail Raise to Thirlmere Image copyright Lake District National Park Authority
Image caption The trail is running for 1.3km

A new cycle, walking and bridle route is being unveiled in the Lake District to help people avoid an area devastated by floods.

Sections of the A591 at Dunmail Raise north of Grasmere were washed away when Storm Desmond hit in December.

The route is still being repaired and the new 1.3km trail is opening later on the west side of the road from Dunmail Raise to southern end of Thirlmere.

It has been built by the Lake District National Park Authority.

There is currently a temporary road in place for vehicles while the A591 is being repaired.

Park ranger Graham Strandring said the new route would boost local businesses.

He said: "It's an important development for us. Businesses have been struggling because of lack of visitors coming through."

Image copyright Lake District National Park Authority
Image caption Graham Strandring of the Lake District National Park Authority said the route would improve access to the area

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