The region's poultry farmers can allow their birds to roam freely again.
The Department for Food and Rural Affairs had ordered all farmed birds to stay indoors after a number of outbreaks of bird flu across Europe.
But today Defra lifted those restrictions.
But when the gates opened at the Lakes Free Range Egg Company's farm in Stainton their 3,000 chickens didn't all rush at once.
After four months inside they were a little shy, until the more adventurous ladies re-discovered life as a free range hen.
The company says adding a label saying their free range hens were kept in barns added a cost to production, but sales didn't fall.
But it's still the end of a tough time for their 65 farms.
The threat of avian flu in wild birds in England, Scotland and Wales meant farm and domestic birds had to be kept inside.
But they're not out of the woods yet. There are still conditions in place to try to prevent the spread of the disease.
It's even more important in Cumbria as even though there were never any confirmed cases in farms here, there were some in nearby Northumberland and Lancashire, which meant Cumbria was a high-risk area.
So farmers are hoping the worst is now over and their chickens are free to roam.