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. The Keswick to Threlkeld railway path re-opened in December 2020 after being closed for 5 years due to damage caused by Storm Desmond, click here for more information.
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.