The closure of all road links between south and north Workington, Cumbria, UK following flood damage in November 2009 produced an unusual travel situation. A free train service and temporary footbridge brought good access across the river by foot, cycle and train, but a heavily congested 18 mile detour by road. This paper describes travel adaptations including: changing mode, time of travel and destinations to the new situation, which also brought personal hardships and stress from extra travelling time. It describes how organisations helped to mitigate the impact of the new imposed geography. The relevance of the findings to other changes in travel provision is discussed.