Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path

Following the floods in December 2015, the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway path suffered serious damage. Two of the old railway bridges that cross the River Greta and around 200 metres of the path surface were washed away, and Rawsome Bridge was left at risk of collapse.

Latest information

Update: 2 February 2018

In December 2017 we were delighted to announce a major funding boost to the project – a £2.5 million grant from Highways England and a partnership with the Lake District Foundation to jointly fundraise part of the shortfall of around £3 million.

The Foundation is keen to enlist the help and support of local businesses and community groups. Donate to the reconnection of the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway multi-user trail today or by texting ‘KTOT18 £10’, to 70070.

Community Groups or Businesses who would like to get involved in the fundraising campaign can email the LDF at:

The project to reconnect the route between Keswick and Threlkeld will include the replacement of the two missing bridges, the repair of Rawsome's bridge, the re-routing of the trail around the missing section of embankment and the re-opening of "big tunnel." 

We aim to apply for planning permission for the work in March 2018. Prior to this we would like to share the project designs with the public and have organised two drop in sessions for February: 

Monday 26 February between 6.30pm – 9pm: Threlkeld Village Hall, Threlkeld, CA12 4RX

Wednesday 28 February 2018 between 2pm – 4.30pm: Crosthwaite Parish Rooms, Main Street, Keswick, CA12 5NN. Due to adverse weather conditions this session will be postponed until a later date.

We anticipate that Phase 1 (Design) will be complete by July 2018 with the designs and necessary environmental and planning consents in place.

If you have a questions please take a look at the frequently asked questions page.

To help us reconnect the route, donate today through the Lake District Foundation

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Watch our Rawsome Bridge film

Rawsome Bridge was left severely damaged and remains risk of collapse, it is important people do not attempt to cross this bridge for their own safety.

About the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path

We are committed to working with the community, landowners, businesses and other local organisations to reconnect the route between Keswick and Threlkeld for the enjoyment of walkers, cyclists and those with limited mobility. Due to the extensive scale of the damage it is estimated that this could take up to two years. In the interest of public safety we have closed off all damaged and missing bridges and we ask everyone to take note of the warning signs and not to remove any of the safety fencing or notices. 

You will find  information panels near the path indicating where alternative routes are available, including the new Brundholme Woods permitted path for walkers. 

We are now working to develop plans for reconnecting the route at locations where the bridges are missing or damaged. We will keep the public updated by sharing project information, including the information presented at the public meetings held by Capita in January 2017.

Overview of the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path reconnection  with Area Ranger, Cath Johnson.

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