Threlkeld, Westcoe and Keswick Railway

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A pleasant walk suitable for all abilities, initially with fine views of the surrounding fells and mountain beyond and a final stretch along an old railway.

Setting off from the hamlet of Threlkeld in the shadows of the mighty Blencathra, the walk heads west across gentle pasture and meadows to Westcoe. From there the walk drops down to join the trackbed of the former Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith Railway to return east to Threlked.

The old trackbed has been well-preserved and there are fine examples of Victorian engineering to marvel at as you cross a number of bowstring steel girder viaducts and pass through an old tunnel as the line snakes across the River Gretna.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - North West


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Food Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Mostly Flat, Mountains, Pub, Public Transport, River, Sea, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
28/10/2017 - John Webb

Parts of the Keswick Railway line were washed away in the floods a couple of years ago and consequently, parts of this walk are now closed off. Diversions are in place which lengthens the walk. A good section of the railway path now makes use of a nearby road. Revised maps available from the Keswick TIO for 25p which show the original walk and the two diversions.

08/11/2009 - Alun Bevans

This is a pleasent walk. The only down side is that the crossing of fields and styles is not clear and you can cross into fields that then you can't get out of, or that lead you up hill off the route. Completed walk Oct/2009

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