Bowness-on-Windermere Promenade Improvement scheme

Bowness-on-Windermere Promenade Improvement scheme

As the Lake District National Park welcomes increasing numbers of visitors it is vital that we take measures to improve access facilities to all users. This is particularly important in busy public spaces. 

The Promenade at Bowness-on-Windermere is a focal point for people visiting the Lake District. It attracts high volumes of tourists who can come into close contact with the highway.

Building on previous work on The Glebe, this project seeks to enhance the public realm by providing more seating, landscaping and consideration for people with wheelchairs and mobility scooters. 

The project is being led by Cumbria County Council as the Local Highway Authority. It has been developed, and is being delivered, in partnership with Cumbria Police, South Lakeland District Council, the Lake District National Park Authority and Windermere Lake Cruises.

Cumbria-based contractor DSD Construction Ltd will deliver the work during the period from 31 January until mid-May 2022. 

We aim to compete these works without road closures and are liaising with local businesses to minimise any disruption.

If you have any questions or queries about these works, please email BownessPromenadeImprovements@cumbria.gov.uk


Weekly updates

Work began on the 31 January. By the 4 February, paving slabs had been removed from the northern section of the footway and concrete laid as the base for new natural stone surfacing. 

Information boards have been installed, informing the public about the scheme and highlighting The Glebe is still open for business.

A red and white water filled barrier has been installed to protect the work area but no restrictions on traffic or pedestrian access is proposed as part of this scheme. 

Access to the promenade and Windermere Lake Cruises remains unaffected.

Promenade Improvement scheme Week 1

Work is progressing slightly ahead of schedule.

Variation in the height of paving flags means they are having to be individually set, but they look good alongside the stone sets as they are being laid.

Shuttering has been set up ready for concrete to be poured for benches.

We aim to facilitate continued use of the pedestrian crossing throughout, making sure the tactile paving is maintained in good order.

Promenade Improvement scheme Week 2a
Promenade Improvement scheme Week 2b

Work is progressing well, however 2 ½ days were lost last week to the storms that hit the country.

The contractor have laid all the flags they currently have available and are awaiting delivery of the remaining flags. They look good alongside the stone sets as they are being laid as shown in the below picture.

75% of the foundations for the benches have been completed and work is progressing on the footway widening as shown in the pictures.

We aim to facilitate continued use of the pedestrian crossing throughout, making sure the tactile paving is maintained in good order.

Promenade improvement scheme week 3aPromenade improvement scheme week 3b

Work on the project is progressing on schedule despite a couple of days impacted by weather.

DSD Construction Ltd have now had the flags delivered to site and the on-going flagging to the upper promenade will begin towards the end of this week. The footway widening works have been excavated and prepared for the wearing course.

Landscaping is on-going with rocks and subbase being installed last week. Weather dependent this should be complete by the end of next week.

We aim to facilitate continued use of the pedestrian crossing throughout, making sure the tactile paving is maintained in good order.

Promenade improvement scheme week 4

The Burlington slate flags have now been laid on site and are looking smart, with sets and benches to follow.

Landscaping around the taxi rank is progressing towards completion next week.

Foundations have been set for bollards outside the ticket office, with slots cut ready for their installation on arrival.

Footway widening has begun near the entrance to The Glebe.

Work is progressing on schedule, looking to complete in early May while facilitating access for visitors over the forthcoming Easter holiday period.

Landscaping at the taxi rank


New surfacing on Upper Promenade

We have now received all stone products from Burlington, which are looking superb in situ as we apply stone cladding to benches and continue surfacing Upper Promenade. We're delighted to showcase high-quality products from the Lake District in the scheme. 

Burlington slate paving slabs


Stone clad benches on Upper Promenade


We are currently grouting paving on the Upper Promenade with a view to opening part of the footway to help manage the flow of pedestrians over the busy Easter holidays.

We'd like to thank local people and businesses for their continued understanding. If you have any queries about these works, please contact Kevin Money, Site Manager for DSD Construction Ltd on 07714 788 294.

Here's to a safe, sunny and prosperous Easter period in heart of the Lake District World Heritage Site!

Work is due to finish next week with completion of the stone walling, installation of safety/access gates and fitting reflective banding to the bollards.

The boulder landscaping is now all in place and bollards have all been installed.

The natural stone surfacing is complete the seats are in situ, with both looking great.

We'd like to thank local people and businesses again for their understanding and hope the area continues to provide safe enjoyment to all who visit over the summer. 

If you have any queries about these works, please contact Kevin Money, Site Manager for DSD Construction Ltd on 07714 788 294.

Benches on Upper Promenade


Bollards in place


Boulder landscaping