Keswick to Threlkeld via the Railway Path, Brundholme Woods and Westcoe

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A £7.9 million funding package has been agreed to allow work to start on the final phase of reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld multi user trail which was severely damaged in Storm Desmond. Cubby Construction Limited will be undertaking the work to create a the new multi-user trail between Keswick and Threlkeld along the old railway line. Practical works to prepare the site for groundworks began on 11 February 2019 with scrub and tree clearance at the Threlkeld end and around the "Big tunnel" under the A66 flyover, near Keswick. The contractors finished the clearance work earlier than expected and this section of the route is now open again to the public. As part of the project we will be replacing the felled trees with new, broadleaf, saplings. In time they will increase the availability of food and shelter for wildlife throughout the year. A detailed programme of the construction work to create the new trail is currently being prepared for the whole build period up to autumn 2020. Further preparation activity on and adjacent to the trail is expected to be rolled out from late April onwards and will include the creation of site access routes and site storage compounds. It is inevitable that sections of the route will be closed during works over the next 20 months to ensure that the health and safety of the This means that there will be some inconvenience and disruption due to restricted access along the current path. website.Please click here for further information as it develops and for details of any path and site closures.


Keswick to Threlkeld railway path information - Bridges damaged in the Dec 2015 floods have not yet been replaced. Half of the route is now open which both walkers and cyclists can access. A new path for walkers only linking the railway path just past Low Briery now goes through Brundholme Woods to Brundholme Road allowing walkers access to Threlkeld. There is no through route for cyclists. Unfortunately the paths are not suitable for those with limited mobility or for prams.

Walking Route from Keswick to Threlkeld 

1. Leave the Market Square between the Royal Oak & Greggs. Turn left into Station St and keep straight ahead. At the junction cross at the pedestrian crossing and go straight on. Cross the bridge over the river Greta and continue on the road
between Upper and Lower Fitz Park. Just as the road bends to the right take a path on your left up to Keswick Leisure Pool. Take the path round the right hand side of the swimming pool and then turn right on to the old railway line path.
2. Follow the railway path for some distance passing a board walk section. After Low Briery Holiday Park cross the next bridge. Immediately before the next bridge take the path on your left signposted Brundhlome Road.
3. Follow this path through the wood. As the path climbs uphill take the first path to your right as indicated by a permitted route arrow on a marker post. Follow the path through the woods above the river. Once over a bridge the path climbs and drops again. Ignore a stepped path down to your right and keep on the same path. At a fork turn left and follow the path uphill. Continue on this path as it winds upwards to meet Brundholme Road.
4.Turn right onto the metalled road. Stay on this road ignoring paths off to your left to Skiddaw and later Blencathra. After an uphill section you will come to a t-juntion in the hamlet of Westcoe.
5.Turn right here and immediately across the road take a path off the road on your left into a field signposted Threlkeld 1 mile.
6. Continue on the path through several fields via a series of stiles, stone steps and squeeze stiles. Blencathra looms up to your left and Clough Head to your right. After passing in front of a short row of houses you will come out close to the bottom end of Blease Road in Threlkeld.

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