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Miles Without Stiles 37: Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Trail

Miles Without Stiles

A stunning walk through the River Greta gorge - OS Explorer Map OL4.

Route for all. 10km distance.


Visit Keswick to Threlkeld Trail (K2T) for more details and latest updates on this trail.

Since the reopening in December 2020 the trail is now access for all – all gradients and surface have been designed for all levels of mobility.

The trail follows the route of the old Keswick to Penrith Railway, and weaves its way over the River Greta on some of the original Victorian railway bridges and some rebuilt following Storm Desmond. This fast-flowing river is home to herons and dippers.

From the car park, the former railway station is on the right. The last train left Keswick station on 4 March 1972. After 1 km pass under the A66 road bridge through the Bobbin Mill tunnel, re-opened in 2020 after being buried following the construction of the Greta Bridge in the mid-1970s. The path leads to a shelter and seats, with information panels.

Beyond this, a railway bridge takes you on the final push to Threlkeld. Access on to the pavement via the zigzags next to the A66 and continue to the village for 0.75 km and well-earned refreshments at the Horse and Farrier, Salutation pub or Threlkeld Coffee Shop.


Start point:

Public car park opposite old station building.

Postcode: CA12 4NP
Grid reference: NY 270238
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Turning point:

Grid reference: NY 314248
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Car parking, accessible toilets and refreshments are all available at the start. Coffee Shop and pubs in Threlkeld.

Getting there:

Bus: services to Keswick from many destinations, visit traveline for details of timetables. The nearest bus stop is at County Corner on Penrith Road. Buses run regularly between Keswick and Threlkeld, service X4/5 Stagecoach, meaning you can make this a one-way linear walk. Car: follow the signs for the Leisure Pool where public parking is available, including disabled bays.