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.
Update: 6 March 2019
We were pleased to announce last month that Cubby Construction Limited would be undertaking the work to create the new multi-user trail between Keswick and Threlkeld along the old railway line.
Practical works to prepare the site for groundworks began on 11 February with scrub and tree clearance at the Threlkeld end and around the 'Big Tunnel' under the A66 flyover near Keswick.
The contractors finished the clearance work earlier than expected and this section of the route is now open again to the public. We will be replacing the felled trees with new, broadleaf saplings at the end of the works. In time they will increase the availability of food and shelter for wildlife throughout the year.
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. Further preparation activity on and adjacent to the trail is expected to be rolled out from late April onwards and will include the creation of site access routes and site storage compounds. It is inevitable that sections of the route will be closed during works over the next 20 months to ensure that the health and safety of the public is protected. This means that there will be some inconvenience and disruption due to restricted access along the current path. We ask the public to please observe on-site notices, safety barriers and to look out for updates regarding access on our website.
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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.
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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