Heavy rain has affected much of the Lake District and police are warning visitors to take care on the region’s roads.

Torrential downpours overnight led to the closing of the main route into the Lakes, the A591 northbound at Brettargh Holt, south of Kendal, because it was impassable due to flooding. The southbound dual carriageway had only one lane open.

Keswick campsite was issued with an Environment Agency ‘flood warning’ the second highest alert category, meaning those in the area should move cars, valuables, important items and pets to a safe place and prepare for evacuation. The area is at risk from overflow from Derwent Water.

The Conwy valley and Llanrwst in north Wales was also put on a flood warning.

Many walking routes in the areas are likely to be affected and some rights of way may be impassable, so anyone venturing on to the fells will need to take extra care. The Rivers Rothay, Brathay, Winster and Eden are all on ‘flood watch’. Further heavy rain is forecast.

Flood alerts are available on the agency’s floodline or by phoning 0845 988 1188.