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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

Plans for work

July 2019

See the plans for work at Burns Road, Brundholme Bottoms and Keswick Spa.

Update 15 July

Work will start next week to carry out essential refurbishment work on two of the “bow string” railway bridges at the Threlkeld side of the route. This maintenance work will require the closure of the path from the A66 and Whitehead coppice.

Work is also planned to start on the bridge spanning Brundholme Road, Keswick on the week commencing 15 July. This will result in a path closure between Keswick Station to the eastern side of the bridge. Access onto the route will be maintained via the Derwent Service Station (Shell Garage), Penrith Road, Keswick.

This work will ensure that the Victorian bridges remain fit for purpose as part of the multi-user trail and are preserved as part of the industrial heritage of the Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith Railway.

Path closures will be in place to ensure that the health and safety of the public is protected. We ask the public to please observe on-site notices, safety barriers and look out for updates about access on our website.

Frequently asked questions

Read our frequently asked questions to find out more. 

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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

Map of alternative routes

Map of recommended route diversion from Keswick Leisure Pool - updated 11 July 2019

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.

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