The new path     
                                   The friends obtained a £45,000 Big Lottery grant, part of which was used to create
                                   the  new path and to provide a new access gate for people with mobility issues. New breeding ponds for natterjack toads                                        have been provided by United Utilities.
                           To access the new mobility kissing gate follow the Devonshire road approx 350 metres past
                                   the Devonshire Hotel. Pass the new footpath entrance to the reserve and turn left . Follow the
                                  road around to the right. to the kissing gate.
                                  Smaller mobility scooters may maneauver round the gate but for more straightforward access
                                  you will require a RADAR key.
                                  The width of the gate is approx 115cm. Wider vehicles may use the the gate on the coastal path / estuary "harbour" access                                       road.


View of natterjack pond from the new path

New ‘woodland gateway’ for nature reserve
A new woodland gateway has been created into the reserve
thanks to the Friends group.  People can now access the site directly off Devonshire Road and
can follow a footpath through to the main reserve. 

Pupils of Millom School helped clear the woodland area and the main preparation of thinning
trees was done by Copeland Borough Council Landscape Officer, Richard Mellor, as part of
the Council’s standard work programme. 
Work will shortly take place to lay an all-weather footpath linking the woodland area to the
new circular footpath on the main site.  A wooden ‘kissing’ gate has been installed as an
entrance feature and for children’s safety, and a small wooden bridge has been put in place to
cross a ditch.
These additional improvements are being funded by part of the Big Lottery Community Spaces
grant originally awarded for the main project, which included the creation of new breeding ponds
for natterjack toads. These have been provided by United Utilities and the Friends group successfully applied for the
unused portion of the funding to be used instead for the woodland gateway.
The proposed location of the new ponds has been changed to accommodate essential pipework
that United Utilities had to lay across the reserve and the company has paid for the
creation of the ponds.  Members of the LNR management group and the Friends
group met with United Utilities officials and liaised closely with the organisation’s
ecologist to ensure the least possible disturbance to the wildlife habitat.  For further information contact: Elaine Essery, Treasurer, Friends of Millom Ironworks Local Nature Reserve T: 01229 716129,