3.5 of 5 (11 votes)

The old line to Threlkeld

A moderate walk (riverside) in national park Lake District in Cumbria, England, about 11.70km (7.27 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:15h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 302m (990ft)
Descent 293m (961ft)
Max. Elevation 180m (590ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 595m (1951ft)
Start & End
Distance 11.70km
Duration ~4:15h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 22 Jul 2010
Dr Beeching maybe something of an enemy of car-free walking, but his closure of many branch lines has at least left some disused railway lines, which now make for fine walks. This one, between Keswick and Threlkeld, came to my attention from the somewhat strange source of Stuart Maconie's book on Middle England. But the man knows his stuff - it's a great low-level walk in the Lakes, passing along the River Greta to Threlkeld, with a choice of fine pubs. The return skirts beneath the peaks of Blencathra and Lonscale Fell, with Skiddaw behind.

Walk Functions


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From Keswick bus station, head through the town centre and cross the river via the road bridge. Follow the road to the start of the disused railway on Penrith Road.
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The railway crosses the river again and heads past Brigham. From here, it weaves back and forth across the river, making for a hugely enjoyable and watery stroll.
About 0.30 km (~0.19 miles) from
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At a clearing in the woods, there is a great view up into the valley between the Skiddaw and Blencathra massifs.
About 2.45 km (~1.52 miles) from
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The path runs on to the edge of Threlkeld Common. Here, take the B5322 towards Threlkeld. After 200m, take the footpath on the left-hand side, as this leads you underneath the busy A66.
About 2.10 km (~1.3 miles) from
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Finish in Threlkeld, a fine Lakeland village with two good walkers' pubs - the Horse and Farrier Inn and The Salutation Inn. My preference? A pint in both. Buses run regularly from the village back to Keswick or on to Penrith if you only want a short walk.
About 0.77 km (~0.48 miles) from
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If you are keen for more, follow the road through Threlkeld to the Blencathra Field Centre.
About 1.75 km (~1.09 miles) from
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A footpath takes you past Derwentfolds and continues beneath Lonscale Fell.
About 0.89 km (~0.55 miles) from
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At the car park, take the path around Latrigg - climb it first if you like - and continue back to Keswick.
About 1.49 km (~0.93 miles) from
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Back into town for the bus home.
About 1.76 km (~1.09 miles) from

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