Where is this walk?

Threlkeld to Keswick walk

November 13, 2017

The one way Threlkeld to Keswick walk follows the disused railway line alongside the River Greta via a series of bridges. The woods are the home to red squirrels. Take the bus to Threlkeld and walk back.

The Walk

In 2015 Storm Desmond destroyed two of the bridges that crossed the River Greta between Threlkeld and Keswick. The popular walk along the Old Railway line was therefore out of bounds. Five years later the route was reinstated, the bridge rebuilt and it is now open. In many ways they have done a great job, the only downside is that the path is now tarmacked. In my opinion this is a mistake, cyclists pass at too great a speed and it has lost some of its character. For those staying in Keswick though it is definitely worth walking (particularly if you have small children with bikes).

The Old Railway between Threlkeld and Keswick was finally closed in 1972 after 100 years. In the height of its popularity many Victorians headed to Keswick on day or longer trips. In addition local industry and commerce used the tracks. The path is flat all the way and wooded. In particular keep an eye out for red squirrels which I have seen on more than one occasion, Glimpses of Blencathra and Skiddaw do tease the more adventurous walker and it is possible to complete a circular walk from Keswick that includes the small fell of Latrigg. However those who stick to the Old Railway will have a pleasant day out.


Spend a little time in Threlkeld to explore this lovely small village. The pubs and cafe are of course excellent but in addition visit the church and the newly refurbished village hall.


The X5 leaves Keswick bus station every hour Mon to Sat. It takes 10 minutes. The service is a little less frequent on Sunday but still runs. Check the timetable.

Navigation Tips Threlkeld to Keswick railway

To find the start of the Old Railway walk to the west end of Threlkeld. Just after the village road meets the A6 there is a signposted right turn to the start of the walk.

  • Brian Perrin says:

    Having travelled to Keswick from Threlkeld on the railway line many years ago – by train. I would like to do the walk. One of our party has a mobility scooter with a battery that claims to do 12 miles. We have not tested this as most journeys are much shorter. Is it possible to join the trail further along or leave elsewhere on a mobility scooter? If so where are these point(s)?

    • Jonathan says:

      To be honest it is easiest to complete the full route from Threlkeld to Keswick (or visa versa)and get the bus back. There is no obvious intermediary point.
      The track is now easily accessible with no rough parts (as in the past) and should not use much battery.
      I spoke to my mate Debbie North and she just said ‘do it’!

  • Stuart Nicolson says:

    Please. Would you send me a map of the recommended Threlkeld to Keswick railway walk avoiding any areas that are damaged due to the recent storm last month please

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