Thousands turn up for Grizedale rally

Rally car
Grizedale rally near Coniston Photo: ITV Border

The normal peace and tranquility of the Lake District will be shattered today as the Coppermines Grizedale Stages Rally takes place near Coniston.

The event has attracted world class competitors from across the UK including plenty of drivers from Cumbria.

Around 2,000 spectators will line the route around Coniston Water, Hawkshead and Broughton Moor.

The annual event, which was begun 25 years ago, is worth about £100,000 to the local economy.

129 marshals 50 officials 53 competitors and their service crew will more than double the population of Coniston this weekend.

Walkers, cyclists and horse riders are being advised to stay away from those areas that are being used by the rally in one of the most popular parts of the Lake District National Park today. (December 1st)

The dozens of high-powered cars will be competing on the woodland trails and tracks in an area which is usually the 'home' of more leisurely pursuits.

National Park management teams have closed all routes where the rally is taking place to avoid any potential conflict between walkers and drivers.

All footpaths, bridleways and trails between Coniston Water and the Hawkshead-Satterthwaite Road, and three others at Broughton Moor, are out of bounds during the event.

The Forestry Commission have also closed most permitted paths, cycle routes and open access land around the route.

However, routes on the east side of the Hawkshead to Satterthwaite road are open for use as usual.

Signs are there outlining path closures.

Lake District National Park's Countryside Access Assistant Julia Knott has apologised for any inconvenience to other users of the area.

By working in partnership with organisations such as the Forestry Commission we can help to deliver economic benefits for both the rally organisers and the wider community. **

The rally is estimated to generate income for the area of around £100,000.**

– Julia Knott, LDNP Countryside Access Assistant