TWO new kissing gates have been installed at a much-loved walking spot at Helsington Barrows and Scout Scar.

Members of Kendal Ramblers' Association campaigned for the gates to be put in. The work was done by Lake District National Park Authority rangers, with the agreement of landowner Richard Bagot, of Levens Hall Estate.

The project was was paid for by the Sharpe Legacy, a fund to maintain fell walkers' freedom on the Lake District fells.

Scout Scar, near Kendal, is a limestone upland offering panoramic views and is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Marian Jones, LDNPA area ranger, said: “This is a great example of partnership working and we are pleased these new gates now give the public better access to this wonderful area for walking, running and dog walking. Dogs must, of course, be kept under close control at all times.”

David Staton, footpaths and access officer with Kendal Ramblers, said: “The value of improved access to Helsington Barrows was first recognised by members of the Kendal Ramblers’ Association who have campaigned for the gates to be put in. This would not have been possible without the support of the national park authority, which has installed the gates, and the agreement generously granted by the landowner."