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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: 17 October 2018

In July the Lake District Foundation announced a total of over £102,000 had been raised towards the reconnection of the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path. The campaign was supported by the local community, with businesses, residents, visitors and organisations all playing their part.

The following next steps to reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path were outlined as follows:

  • Extensive building, design and consent works, including:
    • 5km trail
    • re-opening and extending of ‘big tunnel’
    • two new bridges
    • extensive repair and improvement to one bridge
    • 200m metres of new path
    • extensive repairs to existing infrastructure (drains, walls, bridges and revetment walls)
    • soft engineering providing river bank stabilisation.
  • Planning permission determined in August 2018
  • Tendering of work to identify and secure a contractor to build the Multi User Trail, taking up to 10 weeks
  • Construction will take up to two years and could start from November 2018

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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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