Discover Derwentwater

Donate to the Northern area

The Northern Lake District Distinctive Area is a mixture of upland limestone, high fell fringe, rugged high fell and upland valleys – from gently rolling improved farmland to the rounded mountain massifs of Skiddaw and Blencathra. Oak woodland is a distinctive  landscape feature of the area.

There are significant tracts of common land including the Buttermere, Brackenthwaite, Caldbeck and Uldale Commons.

Keswick and smaller settlements lie in valleys containing several lakes: Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite, Thirlmere, Buttermere, Loweswater and  Crummock Water. Thirlmere is significant as it is also a reservoir. Bassenthwaite Lake is one of the largest water bodies in the Lake District. It is the only body of water in the Lake District to use the word "lake" in its name, all the others being "waters".

Help us reconnect the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path  

The railway path, in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, was a beautiful traffic free, tree-clad, four mile route which winded through Greta Gorge along the old trackbed of the Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith railway.

In December 2015 Storm Desmond hit the Lake District with severe flooding and winds causing widespread devastation.

The much loved Keswick to Threlkeld railway path suffered greatly.  Two of the old railway bridges that crossed the River Greta and around 200 metres of the path surface were washed away, and one bridge left at risk of collapse.

We need to raise £3m to reconnect the path. The Lake District National Park and the Lake District Foundation are driving the fundraising campaign forward with support from the local community and businesses but we urgently need your help to spread the word and donate.

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

All furniture items in North area:

Dash Falls Bridge

  • A dual use bridge on the bridleway leading up to Skiddaw House. A quiet location in middle of the Northern Fells.
  • This is a bridge
  • Cost: £1200

Scarth Gap gate

  • A 5' wicket gate situated half way up Scarth Gap with outstanding views of the Buttermere Valley and surrounding fells.
  • This is a stile
  • Cost: £350

Gate at Thirlmere

  • A new gate leaving the west shore road going up to the Binka Stone at tranquil Thirlmere.
  • This is a gate
  • Cost: £600

Grains Gill bridge

  • A wooden footbridge situated above Stockley Bridge on the well used footpath up Grains Gill. This is at the top end of the Borrowdale valley, above Seathwaite Farm and has a stunning view of the surrounding valley.
  • This is a bridge
  • Cost: £2000

Footbridge below Styhead Tarn, Borrowdale

  • A lovely little wooden footbridge on the low slopes of Great Gable. The bridge is on the path leading up to Sty Head - the centre of the Lakeland Fells. A serene, remote location with fabulous 360 degree views. Bridge locations really don't come much better than this.
  • This is a bridge
  • Cost: £2000

Field gate south of Caldbeck Village

  • A 12' field gate near Long Lea, Caldbeck with views up onto the stunning Caldbeck fells.
  • This is a gate
  • Cost: £600

Burns Farm Gate

  • Wicket gate near Burns with gorgeous views over low Rigg and St John's in the Vale.
  • This is a gate
  • Cost: £600