On 5 December 2015 Storm Desmond destroyed the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Trail, leaving Low Pearson and Brundholme bridges washed away, Rawsome Bridge closed due to risk of collapse, the boardwalk at Greta viaduct undermined, over 200 metres of the path washed away at Brundholme Bottoms and many of the remaining bridges and path drainage system weakened by the flood waters.

The Lake District National Park Authority quickly responded to the users of the popular amenity by establishing a project to reconnect the route.

Here is a infographic summary of the key activities to date, and a more detailed breakdown of the 3 phases of the project below.

Summary of Keswick to Threlkeld railway project timeline

Summary timeline of the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Trail project. Click image for full size version.

Timeline Phase 1: 2015 - 2017

  • We focused on the temporary short-term reconnection of Keswick to Threlkeld for cyclists and walkers, securing alternative paths and roads.

Full details of Phase 1

Timeline Phase 2: 2016 - 2017

  • Stabilisation of damaged infrastructure and partial re-opening of sections of the path where safe and retrieval of damaged bridges from the river.
  • Preferred route identification and consultation.
  • Securing funds for detailed design and consent.

Full details of Phase 2

Timeline Phase 3: 2018 - 2020

  • Permanent reconnection including options, design, costing and construction for cyclists and walkers.
  • Undertake the construction of a new trail to meet user needs, incorporates resilience and is durable and cost effective to maintain.

Full details of Phase 3

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