A path created for a wealthy family to walk to visit friends is being restored.

Pidgeonwell Lonning connects Netherhall to Camp Road in Maryport.

It was created by the wealthy Senhouse family, the founders of the town itself.

The Senhouses also had their own door at St Mary's Church, to give them easy and private access from the hall across the road.

Pidgeonwell Lonning was created to enable the family to walk up to see friends on Camp road, rather than taking the long way around town with their carriage and horses.

Tha path has gained more universal use through the years as it remains the safest route for children at the top of the town to walk to Netherhall School.

Now the county council has advertised that the path will be resurfaced.

County councillor Carni McCarron-Holmes, said: "I am so  chuffed that the  Pidgeon Well Lonning is to be  finally re-done

"It is the oldest path in Maryport and was created to allow the  Senhouse family to walk from Netherhall mansion up to the mansions at the top of Camp road rather than to drive by carriage along  Netherhall Road and up  Camp Road to visit their close friends. This was probably 200 years ago.

"It is one of the safe roads to school-  being widely used by Netherhall pupils and has been in the ownership of Cumbria County Council. After me asking so many times, work   will finally commence."

Two other paths will also be resurfaced.

The first is the footpath in Workington running from Rose Hill, Harrington to the junction with Main Road, High Harrington.

Both paths will be closed to pedestrians and there is no alternative route.

The last footpath runs from Shore Road, Salterbeck in Workington, to it junction with Bessemer Way.

A suitable alternative route for pedestrians will be available via the footways of Shore Road, Salterbeck Road, Moss Bay Road, Solway Road, and Bessemer Way.

The paths will be closed to pedestrians from Monday, August 28, for approximately six months, although it is hoped the `

The Order will come into operation on 28 August 2022 and may continue in force for a period of up to six months from that date as and when the appropriate traffic signs are displayed, although it is anticipated that it will only be required for a total of around eight weeks..