Keswick to Threlkeld

Route Details

  • From - to: Keswick to Threlkeld
  • Type: Disused railway path, fairly flat and traffic-free
  • Distance: 3 miles each way
  • National Cycle Network: Route 71

Please note: One of the bridges on this route has been washed away in Storm Desmond on 6th December 2015. We are working to put in place a diversion but we advise not using this route at the moment.

Route Description

The ride begins in the car park of the swimming pool at Keswick and continues along the trackbed of the old Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith railway - an easy ride through the beautiful tree-clad Greta Gorge which is ideal for traffic-free family rides. Eight bridges engineered by Thomas Bouch, designer of the ill-fated Tay Bridge, take the route across the river Greta. Part of the route runs along a wooden boardwalk installed when the path was renovated in 2000.

Keswick lies at the west end of the path, sandwiched between Derwentwater and the Skiddaw Massif. A locally important market town, it now doubles as a thriving centre for outdoor activities. If the surrounding fells and lakes are not attraction enough, it also boasts the Cumberland Pencil Museum, the Theatre-by-the-Lake and Castlerigg Stone Circle.

Threlkeld, at the eastern end, is a village in the shadow of the Blencathra mountain with a quarry and mining museum.

The more adventurous might like to continue on a round trip back to Keswick via Castlerigg Stone Circle. Future plans for the region include a new link to National Route 6 at Kendal along St John’s in the Vale, and a route north of Keswick along the eastern side of Bassenthwaite Lake.

Download a route description sheet for more information.

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To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure that you follow the Towpath Code.

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A fantastic family-friendly ride that takes you from the picturesque town of Keswick through come of the Lake District's loveliest scenery. Please note: One of the bridges on this route has been washed away in Storm Desmond.

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