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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.

Route

Visit Keswick to Threlkeld Trail project history to see the project to upgrade and reopen this route after devastating storms

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.

View the full trail route on our ride-through video:

Details

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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Facilities:

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.

More information about visiting the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway path

How accessible is the trail?

The trail is surfaced with smooth tarmac over the whole 5km, and gradients are very low.

We designed the trail to encourage access for all, and is well used by people in conventional wheelchairs and mobility scooters as well as people using other mobility aids.

For a level access point the best place to start is Keswick Leisure Centre where there are marked parking spaces reserved for disabled people.

The trail can be busy at peak times and some visitors can find the tunnels disorientating, although they are well lit.

There are seats at regular intervals along the route.

Look at the video of the trail so you can see what it’s like.

How to walk/cycle to the start

The trail starts close to Keswick Town Centre. The map shows the start point. There are pleasant routes through Fitz Park to reach it. Our staff at the information centre in the Moot Hall can give you more information about the trail and routes to the start.

If cycling from further afield the trail is part of the C2C cycle route so connections can be made from east or west on that waymarked National Cycle Network route. Details can be found on the Sustrans website.

Please consider walking and cycling to the start if you can to help our communities and environment.

How to get there by bus

The trail can easily be reached by bus service X4/X5 which runs every hour between Penrith, Threlkeld, Keswick and Workington. This bus is also ideal if you would like to walk one way and take the bus back.

Keswick also has good bus connections from Kendal, Windermere, Ambleside and Carlisle on route 555 and bus connections with Borrowdale and Buttermere.

Latest information and timetables can be found at Traveline or the Stagecoach website.

Where to park a car

If you are travelling by car there is a car park at Keswick Leisure Centre, at the start of the trail (pay and display) which includes two spaces marked out for disabled people. If this is full there are a number of other car parks in Keswick. For more details see the Keswick Town map, details of charges and live information for parking availability can be found at www.saferlakes.co.uk,

There is very limited public parking in Threlkeld. You can park at Threlkeld Old Station which is 900m walking route only from the trail or at Threlkeld Cricket Club which is a 2km walk from the trail.

Please consider our local communities and do not park on roads or verges, especially if blocking access to land and properties. These roads are needed for access for larger vehicles such as tractors, buses or for emergency ambulances.

Seats along the way

Yes, there are seated areas along the route at regular intervals to enable you to sit and rest.

Picnic spots

There is a picnic area at the Tunnel entrance and various seats along the route.

Toilets near and on the route

There are toilets within Keswick. We have sited temporary toilets at Keswick railway station, including an accessible toilet. Longer term we hope that permanent public toilets can be developed at the Keswick station. There are further public toilets in Keswick town. In Threlkeld  the  toilets in Threlkeld Village Hall and Coffee Shop are open to the public, in the middle of the village 300m from the trail end.

Wildlife and history of the trail

There are panels and signs along the route telling you more about the diverse wildlife and fascinating history or the trail.

Joining to longer walks

There are a number of linking paths to the trail that are shown on the map. These include connections to Castlerigg Stone circle, over or behind Latrigg or to Brundholme Road. These connections are public or permitted footpaths so are not suitable for cycling and the surfaces and gradients are not suitable for most wheelchairs.

Linking to the Sustrans Coast to Coast path

This route forms part of the Sustrans C2C route, one of Britain’s most popular long distance cycle ride. The route runs 137 miles from the West to the East Coast.

Places to eat and drink

There are two pubs and a coffee shop in Threlkeld, 3-400m from the end of the trail.

You will have a wide choice of places to eat and drink in Keswick Town Centre 500m from the end of the trail. The nearest café is in Fitz Park, under the Keswick Museum which is 200m from the end of the trail and is fully accessible including its toilet facilities.

Contact the Keswick Information Centre for more information

If you are in Keswick visit our Information Centre in the Moot Hall right in the centre of town, for guide and advice from our friendly advisers.

For telephone enquiries call 0845 9010845 or email KeswickTIC@lakedistrict.gov.uk

More information about places to eat, visit and stay in Keswick can be found on the Visit Keswick website