The village of Threlkeld is situated at the foot of the mighty Blencathra looking towards St John's in the Vale and Clough Head at the Northern end of the Helvellyn range It is located 4 miles to the east of Keswick just off the A66 which runs between Keswick and Penrith. It is 15 minutes drive from J40 of the M6.Threlkeld is an ideal base for exploring the Lake District and the Eden Valley. It is a thriving village with a church, school two pubs, a golf course and a cricket club. There is also a small children's playground and playing field opposite the school and a small public car park just above on Blease Road.
Threlkeld is on the route of the popular Coast to Coast (C2C) cycling route from Workington to Sunderland. Keswick to Threlkeld railway path - Cyclists can currently only access the first 1km section of the path from Keswick. There are still bridges down on the railway path following the effects of the floods at the end of 2015 meaning there is no through access for cyclists from Keswick to Threlkeld using the railway path.
A new access path for walkers only linking the railway path just past Low Briery now goes through Brundholme Woods to Brundholme Road allowing walkers access up to Latrigg and to Threlkeld. Click here for the route to Threlkeld and click here for the circular route up Latrigg using the new access path.
The Village Hall has been refurbished to include a coffee shop with stunning views to Clough Head and the Helvellyn range. The Threlkeld Activities Association arranges a year round programme of events at the hall.
Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum is located in Threlkeld Quarry just off the opposite of the A66 to Threlkeld. The museum offers fun for all the family including an underground tour of a realistic mine experience and mineral panning. The Blencathra Centre Field Studies Council located high above Threlkeld with superb views offers courses and opportunities to discover, explore, and understand the environment.
Threlkeld is on the X4/5 bus service which links Penrith, Keswick, Cockermouth and Workington. The nearest train station is at Penrith from where you can catch the X4/5 bus to Threlkeld. For bus timetables click here.
Threlkeld is is an ideal base for all types of leisure activities. There are plenty of opportunities for walking from ascents up Blencathra and Skiddaw to lovely low level and riverside walks. Click here for some ideas for walks from Threlkeld village. Blencathra is always a favourite for fell walkers. Though there are rocky ridges for seasoned scramblers there are also easier ways to go up. There is a small car park just beyond the Blencathra Centre at the top of Blease Road which gives you a good leg up Blencathra and an easier route via Blease Fell.