MOTORISTS are being encouraged to ‘take care’ on the A685 between Kirkby Stephen and Brough as the road has become congested in the build up to this year’s Appleby Horse Fair.

Cumbria Police have received reports from concerned drivers about the risk of Gypsy and Traveller communities setting up adjacent to the busy road.

Sergeant John Chambers said: “We ask that both motorists and members of the Gypsy & Traveller community take responsibility on that particular stretch of road.

“We are concerned that the number of caravans and tethered horses lined up along the road may become unmanageable and ask those that are travelling to the fair to seek alternative encampments.

“At this time of year there is an increased tolerance towards encampments whilst the area receives an estimated 1400-2000 caravans.”

Caravans, bow tops and tethered horses are already lined up along the road and the police said they would like everyone to take extreme care.

Sgt Chambers continued: “To ensure the event is safe and enjoyable, a number of roadside restrictions are implemented by the County Highways team.

“It is vital that those travelling to the fair realise the field does not open until 4am on Thursday June 5.

“We hope that this advice is taken on board by both motorists and members of the Gypsy and Traveller community in the interests of road safety.

“By working together we can help to make improvements for future years and generations visiting the fair.”

Further details regarding provisions and restrictions can be found at

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