Witherslack B4RN Project Ultra Fast Broadband


Bringing fast broadband to rural areas…

June 2020 sees nearly 200 connections

The WUM B4RN project is nearing completition. Every property in the parish has been offered fast broadband and nearly all of these have now been connected. The remainder should all be completed by the end of July 2022.

Bringing high speed broadband to such a rocky rural area has been a tremendous challenge and the community is indebted to the commitment of the hard-working volunteers who have done so much to make this possible.

Are you getting warning you are not in the UK message?

2nd February 2022

You may be aware that B4RN have been carrying out a lot of work which has involved changing the IP address of your B4RN connection on the internet. This work has gone well but every now and then we are seeing external sites that are not recognising some of our IP addresses as being registered in the United Kingdom. All our addresses are correctly registered within the UK and have been for some time.  The issue will be that the specific site has not updated its geolocation information or that their geolocation service’s algorithm has incorrectly identified your IP address as being outside the UK.  If you do come across a site or service that is not recognising that you are in the UK then please e-mail helpdesk@b4rn.org.uk with the site name and your IPv4 address. We will then get in contact with the site administrators so they can make the necessary changes.  We would also ask that you contact the support service for the affected site and request that they update their records.  We are currently aware of issues with EE Wi-Fi calling and the National Lottery.  We are working hard to rectify these issues, but it is ultimately the web services responsibility to correctly identify your location.

This should only be affecting IPv4 addresses starting 149. To find your IPv4 address you can go to http://www.whatsmyip.org

The two main issues are with EE Wi-Fi Calling and the National Lottery. We’ve Spoken to EE and their third party who manage their geolocation and they have escalated the case internally. The IP addresses concerned have been working fine until a few days ago so it seems as though they’ve used flawed data when updating their records. Same with the Lottery. Hugh Davies has also written an informative post on The Computer Club Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/groups/b4rncomputerclub/

Build is underway



A very exciting development sees the Witherslack, Ulpha and Meathop community working hard to push for the arrival of ultrafast broadband to everyone in the parish who wants it. Currently over half the properties in the parish have signed up.
Build is now underway and gaining momentum. Thanks go to everyone who has registered interest and to those who invested in B4RN. The Village Hall, Dean Barwick School and an increasing number of other properties are now connected to ultrafast broadband. We hope the rest will follow in a timely manner.

Route 1: Gilpin Bridge-Foulshaw-Town End- Village Hall (VH) with spurs for Foulshaw and Whitbarrow
Route 2: Village Hall – Millside, Beck Head, OverSands School & The Lawns
Route 3: Village Hall to Town End, Derby Arms, Ulpha and Meathop
Route 4a: Halecat, Dean Barwick School
Route 4b: Village Hall to Spa, Strickland, North Lodge
Route 4 extension: Village Hall to Dob Coppice, Helm Crag, Thorphinsty and Summer Green Farm


Can you spot where the mole has ploughed?

If you have any questions, or want to sign up please use our contact form.

The latest version of the flyer is available here.

Register for your funding via the government Gigabyte voucher scheme

How the community can help

  • Volunteers are needed to help digging the ducts within gardens and assisting installation. If you are willing to help then drop a line to volunteers@witherslackb4rn.org.uk and we’ll be in touch. Huge thanks to those who have already been in contact.
  • Farmers along the routes do you have any spare part of your yard where the contractor can store equipment whilst laying the network in your vicinity? If you have possible space then please contact Rick Fry 0777181008 rick.fry@rfit.net (for Route One) or Nick Stanley nick@handstand.f9.co.uk (for Route Four).
  • Please tell your neighbours and friends. Maybe forward a link to this website to other people living in the parish and ask them to CLICK HERE to apply if they haven’t already done so. We need everyone to know that the build is happening and that they need to register now if they are to take advantage. It will be possible to connect after the build but it may be more expensive and the WUM team may not be able to assist.