Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path

Light at the end of the tunnel

The Keswick to Threlkeld trail will re-open to the public on Saturday 5 December, on the fifth anniversary of Storm Desmond. Final preparations are now underway to mark the occasion in a Covid secure and socially distanced way.

No one needs to be reminded about the devastation that Storm Desmond brought to local communities, but it is fitting that the trail will be reconnected, strengthened and made more resilient to future flooding exactly five years on.

Works to reconnect the route has included the repair and re-building of 5km of existing trail, replacement of two bridges and repair of Rawsome's bridge. Around 200m of new trail was created to replace the track bed washed away in the floods. We have also installed new drainage, repaired bridge structures and revetment walls and strengthened key sections of river bank to protect the trail and surrounding land from future flood events.

The on-site interpretation will include bitesize local nature information along the trail, larger panels on the railway and the bobbin history and information on Storm Desmond’s impact to the trail and local area.

“We’d like to thank the local community, once again, for their support with the project through fundraising, which was crucial in enabling the project to go ahead. We know that the local community is now every bit as excited as us to see the trail back in use for the first time in nearly five years and it’s full steam ahead for December.”

The image shows an artists’ impression of the new entrance sign to the Keswick to Threlkeld Trail, which is due to reopen in December.

We would like to thank everyone for their patience during the project and can't wait to see local communities and visitors enjoying this much loved route once again.

Cath Johnson, Area Ranger for Lake District National Park Authority

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The new logo, which will feature on way-markers and information panels along the trail, consists of a native water crowfoot flower and a railway wheel, which perfectly blends local flora and fauna, gives a nod to railway engineering and clearly depicts a place where nature and heritage thrive.

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