Allerdale Ramble - Withdrawal of Official Status

In 2010 Cumbria County Council informed the Ordnance Survey that it no longer endorsed the route and so it has been removed from OS maps, along with the Cumbria Coastal Way. We asked Cumbria County Council why they had done this. They said that:

What we wanted to do was to ensure the quality of experience for people wanting to walk in Cumbria.

To that end we identified all the routes marked on the OS mapping and asked the people behind the route if they would be willing to work with the County Council to ensure this experience.

Most, mainly district council hadn't any funds to support the routes so we requested them removed from the OS maps.

However they did go on to say that:

[Routes] such as the Allerdale Ramble are still there on the ground owing to the routes following definitive footpaths but the routes are not waymarked or maintained on an annual basis like adopted routes, they are covered by our cyclic rolling programme that visits areas every six years.

In addition the coastal section of the path will in future become one small part of a new National Trail, the England Coast Path, which should improve its upkeep.


Join the National Trust