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Rays Walking Guide

Walks in England 2

Pub Guide
Walks in England
Walks in Wales
Camping Sites

Keswick Railway Walk

A very nice walk along a disused railway from Keswick Station finishing
at the village of  Threlkeld
Distance App 5 miles
Flat walking no hills to climb
Terrain A cycle path
Pub Horse and Farrier  at Threlkeld
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Highlights Scenic walk over bridges with great mountain views

This is a very easy stroll starting from the old station at Keswick,we parked here
walked  along the line made our way to Threlkeld and caught a bus  back,its a good idea to check
the bus times.

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One of the many bridges

Park your car at the old railway station and walk to the cycle path which follows the disused track
 of the old Cockermouth,Keswick,Penrith Railway Line
Very soon you are crossing the first of a number of the original bridges,there were
78 in total on the line, you will cross 8 of these and also take in a short tunnel
Soon you reach the only up part,as the path goes under the bridge that carries
the A66,look back through this bridge as it seems to frame a great view.
The river Greta meanders left and right and the bridges cross it at regular
intervals.Dotted along the walk are information boards giving a potted history
of the line

The railway was built between 1862 and 1864 to link Workington with Durham
connecting via Penrith.The CK & PR was 31 miles long with a highest point of
899ft above sea level at Troutbeck summit
It was opened to goods traffic in 1864 and to passengers in 1865 it eventually
closed in 1972

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After approx 3.50 miles you leave the line briefly to cross the A66.
Follow the road opposite round a sharp bend and take the gate on the left,this leads back on to the old line.
Stay on this until you reach another road, again cross over and you arrive at whats left of Threlkeld station,
about 1/2 a mile from here and 100yds after a green barn the track is blocked, go through a gate on the left,
and then left down the hill and over the footbridge and follow this to the A66 cross
the road and follow signs to Threlkeld and follow the road to the Horse & Farrier.
This is a 300 year old pub built in 1688 and serves Jenning Ales,and they are served to a high standard,I have had a
 few pints here and never been let down.The pub is also well known locally for the quality of its food
There is a bus stop outside the pub.