Message from Cumbria Highways:

Some periods of sunshine this afternoon but also a few showers, mostly away from the far west. Showers lingering on into this evening but decaying to leave it mainly dry overnight with some clear intervals. Low confidence in the cloud cover and in the rate of drying roads. RSTs expected to remain above zero for most areas, but locally dipping to around zero, thus providing a chance of isolated ice where surfaces remain damp. Light winds. Mainly dry weather tomorrow morning with some sunshine

When road frost or icy conditions are forecast we will grit:

First priority roads within three hours of work getting underway and second priority roads within five hours. Wherever possible these roads will be gritted by 8am

The first map link below (usually available after 2pm) indicates the routes to be patrolled/salted today. The other links show maps of priority 1 and 2 routes and roads maintained by the Highways Agency.

You can also download the large-scale gritting map here (4.5Mb Jpeg)

Download links for map routes: Priority 1 routes | Priority 2 routes | Highways Agency routes | All routes

  • Map Key:
  • First priority roads - gritted within 3 hours
  • Second priority roads - gritted within 5 hours
  • Trunk roads and M6 motorway - Cumbria Highways is not responsible for trunk roads or the M6 motorway. Please contact the Highways Agency on 0300 123 5000.

Proposed action for 13 April 2021

Name of route
Action proposed
Penrith (part), Greystoke, Dockray, Ullswater, Kirkstone Pass, Stainton and Yanwath
Underbarrow, Crossthwaite, Crook and Burneside
Alston Moor including Hartside
Alston (north), A689, A686 and B6294
Sedbergh (part), Kirkby Stephen and Garsdale
Kendal (part), A6 to Shap, Orton, Tebay, Grayrigg, Sedbergh (part) to Kirkby Lonsdale
Ambleside, Windermere (part), Hawkshead, Newby Bridge and Staveley
Shap, Morland, Bampton, Askham, Crosby Ravensworth, Great Strickland and Kings Meaburn

It is not usual for us to grit other roads. However, during heavy snow, once priority roads are clear, we will also try to clear at least one access road to each community.

The following priority 2 roads are usually only gritted during daylight hours due to safety issues.

  • A592 - from Brotherswater to Troutbeck (Kirkstone Pass)
  • A686 - from Melmerby to Alston (Hartside Pass)

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