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Walkers on boardwalk through woods below Latrigg copyright Charlie Hedley

Miles Without Stiles 37: Keswick Railway Path

Details

Please note: This route has recently been reconnected and improved.  For further information visit our Keswick to Threlkeld railway path webpage.

Route type: For all. A stunning walk through the River Greta gorge - OS Explorer Map OL4

Distance: 10 km or 6.2 miles maximum to Threlkeld and back although the route can be shortened at any point. 1.5 km or 0.9 miles section for all between Low Briery and Brundholme Road

Start point: Public car park opposite old station building - grid ref. NY 270238

Turning point: Threlkeld road junction with A66 - grid ref. NY 314248

Facilities: Car parking, accessible toilets and refreshments are all available at the start and pubs in Threlkeld

Getting there: Bus: services to Keswick from all over Cumbria. The nearest bus stop is at County Corner. Buses run regularly between Keswick and Threlkeld. Car: follow the signs for the Leisure Pool from Keswick town centre to a mini roundabout and take the first left.

Route

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. 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. Low Briery Holiday Village - soon after the tunnel - can be used as a wheelchair pick-up or drop-off point. There is no long-stay parking. 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.

Map

Please visit Keswick to Threlkeld Railway path for a current map of the route. 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

Map - Keswick Railway Path