Cumbria - Wet Roads Links

NY229323 (2*) Restricted Access
Sent in by Andrew JD Smith (27/10/2004)
'This is quite a shallow but rather a rough crossing of a stream. Its main purpose seems to be to give a farmer access to a field. The public way slanting uphill has become little more than a path.'
NY682234 (2*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by John Brown (20/01/2003)
'The rough byway (and public bridleway) to Dufton winds down through a wood to leave this peaceful village through a gravel ford about 18in deep and 25ft across; 4x4s only. Footbridge 50yds to SE. No signs'
SD690948 Image Wanted!
Sent in by John Walton
Gill House
NY179455 (3*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Andrew JD Smith (27/10/2004)
'This is on an unsurfaced but motorable road. The stream crosses the road diagonally and spreads out so that it stretches for about 20 yards. The depth is as much as eight inches but varies due to the uneven road surface. The base is smooth and consists of silt and small stones.'
Great Asby
NY682133 Image Wanted!
Sent in by John Walton

SD532872 (2*) Off-Roaders Only!
Details sent in by Kevin Parkes:
'Just before the "village" there is a fork off to the left into a wooded area. The fork is of rough stone, but was obviously a proper road at one time, because there are concrete post & iron tube crash barriers down to the river. The track drops steeply down into the Ford which is about 6 " deep (April). I would say that this fords is 4x4 country only - not due to the depth of water, but due to the slope of the bank. There is a wooden footbridge. The track then rises out of the river and after about 30ft the track peters out into a footpath for approx 50ft through hedgerows, then back into a proper tarmac roadway, which goes back to A65. The hedgerows have obviously been allowed to overgrow by locals trying to deter traffic. Studying the treeline it can be seen that the track is indeed a road, but without the hedges being trimmed this is a ford that can only be crossed, then turn

High Whitber
NY619200 (3*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by John Brown (20/01/2003)
'Although the road either side is public asphalt, this ford is not recommended for ordinary cars except at very low water levels; at the time of our visit, it was about 2ft deep and 30ft across, although it is reckoned to be a little shallower close to the stepping stones. No signs or footbridge, but you can chance the big rough stepping stones. Worth a visit for the setting.'
NY239386 Image Wanted!
Sent in by John Walton

NY743098 (3*) Suitable for All
Sent in by John Brown (20/01/2003)
'A delightful lane of tarmac "three-ply" (two asphalt strips with grass in the middle) takes one to this charming concrete-bottomed ford. It's about 25ft across, and was carrying 6in of water on our January visit, but no doubt it's much more benign in summer. Footbridge, no signs. This is one of at least three good fords across the intriguingly named Scandal Beck (the others being Smardale and Soulby
SD552809 (2*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Andrew JD Smith (27/10/2004)
'It’s on a rough byway. The ford itself is not too rough or deep. There is a footbridge.'
Mallerstang (x4!) (This is on a long green lane on the side of a fell)
NY786000 (1*) Suitable for All
SD786998 (1*) Irish Bridge
SD786997 (1*) Irish Bridge
SD787991 (1*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Andrew JD Smith (20/10/2005)
'There are several fords marked on the OS 1:25000 map on a byway (Lady Ann’s Way) that leaves the B6259 to climb up the eastern side of Mallerstang Common. Their locations aren’t quite indicated precisely though. Firstly, there is a rather rough but shallow crossing of a stream (Image 1). Secondly, there is a simple and new-looking Irish bridge (Image 2). This is quickly followed by an identical one (Image 3). Lastly, there is another proper ford (Image 4) much like the first one. The surface of the byway is excellent except in the vicinity of the two proper fords where a vehicle with good ground clearance would be required.'
NY364334 (3*) Off-Roaders Only! (Gaz this is the one we looked at!!)
Sent in by Ken Wales (22/02/2006)
'Best approached from the east bank, Stone set slip way has been washed away at the bottom creating a 6 inch step. The river bed is large rocks and 18 inches deep with a silt exit. There is also a footbridge, We did not cross it this time as we we're on our own.'
NY365299 (2*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Mark Wells (11/11/2003)
'This is a short crossing with a pebble river bed with some larger stones, the entry and exit roads could be slippery in the wet. Not suitable for all vehicles.'
Ormside Mill
NY702166 (3*) Off-Roaders Only! (Good green lane next to this)
Sent in by John Brown (20/01/2003)
'This deep ford lies where an unsurfaced but public and motorable road rejoins the yellow road half a mile south of Great Ormside. About 40ft across and a foot deep; concrete ramps, gravel bottom, no signs. There's a footbridge about 50yds upstream, which is a blessing if you don't fancy the rugged stepping stones.'
Petterilbank Bridge
NY463427 (3*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Andrew JD Smith (27/10/2004)
'This is a rough and deep ford adjacent to a road bridge but clearly still in use by some vehicles.'
Pooley Mill
NY477259 (3*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Mark Wells (13/11/2003)
'It easy to find right next to the main road, This ford is marked as a bridleway on the map, but it seems to be used regularly by vehicles judging by the number of tyre tracks going across it (needs to be checked on the definitive map). It is a shallow river crossing made up of a pebble/shall river bed mostly firm though a 4x4 is recommended due to some softer areas.'
NY595435 (2*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by John Brown (23/09/2003)
'On green ORPA on edge of Eden Valley village. 5m across, 2in deep, good gravel bottom. Two footbridges - the one shown in the image and a stone lintel against the bottom of a wall opposite. Best approach is from the SE.'
Rusland Pool
SD335892 (4*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Andrew Long (12/05/2004)
'The ford is situated half way along an unsurafced road (byway). Two elements to it, Image 1 shows the first shallow crossing on a gravel bed, you can make a track out through the trees in the centre of the river which leads to the second crossing which is the main river channel. This is usually deep and passable only in a 4x4 (Image 2). We went through last weekend and it was at bonnet height in a lifted discovery and that was after a week of no rain, becomes in-passable following heavy rain.'

NOTE: This ford will have a TRO applied which will run each year from the 1st October to the 1st of March: Apparently for fish spawning season Andrew Fell & Tigger
NY560137 (3*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Andrew JD Smith (27/10/2004)
'This ford is at the end of a tarmac lane to the south of the village. The continuation is only designated as a footpath though. The depth is about 4 inches and the width is about 18 yards. The base is quite smooth, composed of relatively small stones. The main hazard is a concrete kerb on the eastern side. Some stepping-stones are alongside.'
NY753110 (3*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by John Brown (20/01/2003) and Paul Manners (24/08/2006)
'A rough public byway at the edge of the village takes farm traffic through this ford, about 2ft deep and 30ft across. Big coarse stepping stones for the braver walker. No signs.'
he Breakings (x2!) - (Worth exploring this area more I reckon)
NY515778 (1*) Irish Bridge
NY515777 (2*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by John Brown (23/09/2003)
'The more northerly ford (Image 1) is a broad Irish bridge, with footbridge out of sight to the right of the picture, part of a reasonably well surfaced green lane from Low Todholes to Roanstrees.

The second is a complete contrast. The green lane from the west is passable by car with care, but the ford itself is definitely a 4x4 job, running up the roughish rocky stream bed for about 30m. Both ramps are muddy and somewhat overgrown; clearly, not much traffic comes this way. Image 2 is looking up the stream from just below the entry point. There's a footbridge about 100m further north, close to the Irish bridge, partly visible in Image 1.'
NY576304 (4*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Greg Roach (22/08/2005)
'It is a good 50m long, diagonally across the river Eamont. I waded across it; the bottom is firm pebbles and the depth varies from ankle to knee. Too deep for my Freelander, but should be no problem for a Defender. The approach from the south is a BOAT (U3194). The approach from the north is a tarmac UCR (U3065). My OS 1:25000 map appears to show a right of way across the river, however a post-and-wire fence has been erected at each riverbank, so someone would need to check access rights with the RoW Officer at Cumbria Council.

Not a particularly good Image, but as you can see, the heavens opened when I was halfway across. The entrance is behind the reeds in the centre of the photo. The opposite bank looks almost identical.'
NY262494 (1*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Andrew JD Smith & Malcolm Brown (18/04/2007)
'This is on an unmade lane between two farms on the outskirts of the town. It is about a foot deep with a soft muddy base.'
Williekeld Sike - (Need to do this lane as its on the route to Hartside)
NY606312 Image Wanted!
Sent in by John Walton
NY766113 (3*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Paul de Borde (24/11/2006)
'This is a classic ford which crosses the River Eden just north of Kirby Stephen. It is on an unsurfaced Byway Open to All Traffic between the villages of Soulby & Winton. The approach & exit ramps to the ford are steep & narrow & the bonnet of any 4x4 will usually dissapear under the water on entry. There is a gravel bank halfway accross the ford (as shown on the photo) & if you can't see this then it will probably be too deep to cross. A footbridge crosses the river on the downsteam side of the ford.'

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