Miles Without Stiles 37: Keswick Railway Path
Route type: For all / for some. A stunning walk through the River Greta gorge – OS Explorer Map OL4
Distance: 10 km or 6.2 miles maximum to Threlkeld and back although the route can be shortened at any point. 1.5 km or 0.9 miles section for all between Low Briery and Brundholme Road
Please note: This route was significantly damaged during the 2015 floods. Currently only the western section from the start to Brundholme Road is open. For further information visit our Keswick to Threlkeld railway path webpage.
Start point: Public car park opposite old station building – grid ref. NY 270238
Turning point: Threlkeld road junction with A66 – grid ref. NY 314248 There is a steep slope to the road
Facilities: Car parking, accessible toilets and refreshments are all available at the start and pubs in Threlkeld
Getting there: Bus: services to Keswick from all over Cumbria. The nearest bus stop is at County Corner. Buses run regularly between Keswick and Threlkeld. Car: follow the signs for the Leisure Pool from Keswick town centre to a mini roundabout and take the first left.
Following the old Keswick to Penrith Railway railway line, the path weaves its way over the River Greta on original metal railway bridges. This fast-flowing river is home to herons and dippers.
From the car park, the former railway station is on the right. The last train left Keswick station on 4 March 1972. After 1 km pass under the A66 road bridge and reach the spectacular boardwalk high above the river. Low Briery Holiday Village – soon after the boardwalk – can be used as a wheelchair pick-up or drop-off point. There is no long-stay parking. The path leads to a shelter and seats, with information panels. There is another wheelchair access point to Brundholme Road and a small car parking area. The route can be shortened here.
Beyond this, a gated railway bridge takes you on the final push to Threlkeld. Continue to the village for 0.75 km and well-earned refreshments at the Horse and Farrier or Salutation pubs.
This map has been affected due to the damage from the 2015 floods. For updates on the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway path please visit our webpage.