Following the floods in December 2015, the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway trail suffered serious damage. Two of the old railway bridges that cross the River Greta and around 200 metres of the trail surface were washed away, and Rawsome Bridge was left at risk of collapse.
Read a blog update from Richard Leafe, Chief Executive at the Lake District National Park, October 2019.
Big "bobbin" tunnel sees light after 40 years! The tunnel entrance on the west side of the big tunnel or Bobbin Tunnel was finally exposed last week. Now that we are aware of its exact position it will be temporarily backfilled to make sure it is kept safe whilst excavation work continues.
Work to stabilise Rawsome’s Bridge is progressing well; concrete rings for the temporary supports have been constructed and a temporary weir has been installed to deflect flows from the work area. Work to construct new abutments to support the new bridge at Brundholme Bottoms is also underway.
A lot of people will have passed the excavators working adjacent to the A66 on the east side of the trail at Threlkeld where work is progressing to create a new, more accessible path, graded to ensure safe and easy use by people using wheelchairs, pushchairs, cyclists and for people with limited mobility. The ground levels are being made up with subsoil hauled from the big tunnel excavations.
We will continue to look for any opportunity to reopen sections of the route, where it is safe, practical and efficient to do so. We hope to be able to re-open the section between Keswick Leisure Centre and Forge Lane once the bridge refurbishment over Penrith Road and path maintenance and surfacing is complete.
The path closures are in place to ensure that the health and safety of the public as the area is now an active construction site, under the management and responsibility of our contractor - Cubby Construction. We will continue to update the webpage and our Facebook group and will send out regular updates throughout the project.
Note: the programme below is current as of 4 October 2019. Completion dates may need to be revised during the project to reflect any changes to the schedule of work. All works will be completed and the site handed back to the management of the LDNPA by December 2020.
Big tunnel excavation: Sept 2019 – Nov 2020. All works to the tunnel including extension and stonework completed by April 2020. Expected to re-open August 2020.
Low Pearson’s Bridge: Bridge totally destroyed during floods. Structural work to abutments and revetments Sept 2019 – Nov 2019. Completed by April 2020.
Brundholme Bridge. Replace the bridge lost in floods. The bridge was badly damaged and the river span increased by approximately 20m. Structural work to abutments and revetments Sept 2019 – Nov 2019. Completed by April 2020.
Brundholme Bottoms:Construction of a new section of path to replace 200m washed away during floods. Complete Sept 2020. Bank stabilisation and protection works.
Rawsome’s Bridge: Bridge damaged and weakened during floods.
Threlkeld zig zag path: Construction of a graded path to increase accessibility for all users. Sept – Dec 2019.
See our plan to reconnect the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway trail below.
Latest maps showing alternative routes, Keswick town centre routes and plans for works.
You will find information panels near the trail indicating where alternative routes are available.Latest maps and plans
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.
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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