The impact of Storm Desmond on National Trust places

Storm Desmond has swept across the north of England affecting many National Trust places in the Lake District and a much loved woodland area in Northumberland.

More than a month’s rainfall fell in some parts of Cumbria with records being broken.

Our teams are out assessing the impact of the floods and working with our tenant farmers and supporting the local communities.

At Allen Banks in Northumberland a recently installed footbridge, known as the ‘Wobbly Bridge’, across the beautiful River Allen was washed away by the storm.

Allen Banks wobbly bridge

The shop and café at Fell Foot Country Park, at the southern end of Lake Windermere have been flooded and much of the area is now under water.

Fell Foot flooding - shop under water

Wordsworth House, which was badly affected by the floods of 2009, has seen the basement and ground floor suffer flooding.


Wordsworth House2

Dramatic images taken from Latrigg, one of the lower fells in the National Park, shows the extent of flooding as the lakes of Bassenthwaite and Derwent Water, near Keswick, have been joined together.

Landscape image taken from Latrigg - taken on 061215

Credit National Trust images, John Malley

The majority of Trust places in the Lake District are closed due to the impact of the flooding – these include Sizergh, Hill Top shop and garden, the Beatrix Potter Gallery shop and Wray Castle. Please check property pages before travelling as conditions can change very quickly.

Thank you for all of the ongoing messages of support that we’ve had and we’ll be working hard to return these special places to normal.


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