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: 05 February 2019 

We are pleased to announce that Cubby Construction Limited will be undertaking the work to create a the new multi-user trail between Keswick and Threlkeld along the old railway line.

The first practical works required will be for site access and groundworks preparation; beginning with scrub and tree clearance at the Threlkeld end and around the "Big tunnel" under the A66 flyover, near Keswick.

These works will hopefully start in the week commencing 11 February 2019 and will be completed by the end of March. Prior to removing the trees and other vegetation an ecologist will assess the area and a method of working will be prepared and used to mitigate disturbance to wildlife, including red squirrels, birds and bats.

These sections of the route must be closed during works to ensure that the health and safety of the public is protected. There will be some inconvenience and disruption due to restricted access along the current path – please observe on-site notices, safety barriers and look out for updates about access on our website.

A detailed programme of the construction work to create the new trail is currently being prepared for the whole build period up to autumn 2020. Initial further activity on and adjacent to the trail will include the creation of site access routes and site storage compounds. This type of work is expected to be rolled out from April onwards and may well include further restrictions to public access.

Details of path and site closures.
We expect the closures to be in operation from w/c 11 February until the end of March.

Keswick to Hawthorns Map

Threlkeld Map

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

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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. 

Alternative routes


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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