Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path

Name of walk Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path
Date of walk 2021-04-28

On Wednesday Brendan and I parked in the Leisure Centre car park next to the old Keswick Railway Station to walk the old line to Threlkeld. I have not done this walk since 2014. In 2015 Storm Desmond brought the worst floods the county has seen, with around 178.4 mm of rain falling in Keswick. As a result two of the original Victorian railway bridges that cross the River Greta and around 200 metres of path were completely washed away, Rawsomes Bridge was deemed unsafe and the well-used route between Keswick and Threlkeld was completely cut off. The path reopened in 2020, with new bridges and a reopened old tunnel.

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The old Keswick Railway Station, now a hotel.

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River Greta.

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Latrigg.

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Approaching the tunnel.

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The Bobbin Mill Tunnel ropened in 2020. The 1860's tunnel was shut for 50 years once the line was closed. You used to be able to see the top foot of the tunnel from the far end, as it had been filled in.

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The new White Moss Bowstring Bridge.

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Lambs!

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The Railwayman's Hut. The route up to Latrigg starts here, but not for us today.

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Another Bowstring Bridge through the tunnel.

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Another Railwayman's Hut.

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Approaching Threlkeld.

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View of Lonscale Fell and Blencathra from Threlkeld.

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St. Mary's Church, Threlkeld. It has two bells.

We stopped for lunch at the Village Hall in Threlkeld before catching the bus back into Keswick (every hour, ten minutes to the hour). The railway walk is 5km, with the addition of another 1km to walk into the centre of Threlkeld. That’s just under 4 miles in old money, and took us about an hour and twenty minutes. An excellent little walk!

Jo.

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