A CYCLIST has been seriously injured in a collision with a van in Wasdale.

Emergency services are at the scene dealing with the aftermath of the crash, which occurred at Mecklin Bridge, Santon Beck, Holmrook, around 11.30am.

The  male cyclist has been was taken to Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, with serious injuries.

The road has been closed between the Old Post Office, Santon Bridge and Nether Wasdale while officers investigate the circumstances surrounding this accident.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area and seek alternative routes.