Applications are now open for a £3.5 million fund to help repair and improve Cumbria’s public rights of way damaged by Storm Desmond in December.
The Cumbria Countryside Access Fund aims to attract more tourists to the county by making it easier for people to explore the Lake District and Cumbria’s countryside, as well as directly benefiting residents.
Individual grants from a minimum of £100,000 are available for landowners or public bodies.
This money will cover reinstating and improving rights of way for rural towns and villages, visitor attractions, long distance trails and those passing through environmentally sensitive areas.
Floods Minister, Rory Stewart said the fund will provide a ’great boost for local communities’.
He said: "This money will help re-open many walks and areas that suffered in the dreadful December floods, providing a great boost for local communities and getting the message out loud and clear that Cumbria is very much open for business.
“The county’s landscapes are some of the most precious and beautiful in the country and I would recommend to anyone that they come and see what they have to offer.”
The maximum grant offered will be £1 million in each of the North, East and South Lake District areas, and £500,000 in rural areas of Cumbria outside the Lake District National Park.
Chief executive of the Rural Payments Agency (RPA), Mark Grimshaw said the fund will help ’restore rights of way popular with locals and visitors, as well as protect them from any future instances of flooding’.
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