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Fantastic Walk, newly reopened in 2020

By Alice Phillips– 21st December 2020
Wheelchair Accessible Walks in The Lake District Keswick to Threlkeld Raiilway Path . The Bobbin Tunnel

Five years ago in December 2015, Storm Desmond devastated many parts of Northern England and The Lake District was very badly hit with around 800 bridges and 300km of road damaged in just one weekend. With over 178.4mm of rain fallen in Keswick in 24hrs the River Great destroyed 2 bridges and 200m of path as well as much more being damaged. Fast Forward to December 2020 and the path is back open including a restored tunnel and the bridges replaced or repaired to their former 1930’s glory.  


Okay, I could talk FOREVER about the rebuild and construction but you aren’t here for that! We walked from Keswick but you could do this 5km path from either way. It can be linked up with other paths to make it longer or even take in a Wainwright Fell or Castlerigg Stone Circle. Alternatively you can walk the 10km round trip to really soak up the glory of the route. 

When you leave the town you are introduced to the path with a little bit of history and information about the area and why this path is so important. Along the way you will also find lots of way-markers and information panels that include facts about the local heritage, nature and history. This route is also part of the ‘Miles Without Stiles’ routes in the Lake District that allows everybody to access whether you are on foot, wheels or sticks. 


£7.9 million was spent on the renovation of the path, including newly renovated and extended ‘Bobbin Tunnel’ which you can now walk through for the first time since the railway closed. Inside the scale of it is pretty spectacular and you can see the craftsmanship that went into building it. You can learn about the history or engineering, bobbin making, transport and tourism along the way or just use it as a pleasant cycle or running route that takes you alongside the river and through some dramatic scenery cut out in the valley. 


There are plenty of places to stop for a picnic lunch and even shelters for those classic Lake District weather days (liquid sunshine!) Alternatively you could stop in Threlkeld like we did for a bite to eat. You have the option of the coffee shop which is in the back of the newly refurbished village hall. We went for The Horse and Farrier pub for a hearty lunch and a pint of local ale. You could also go to their sister put just down the road, The Sally Inn


Walking back to keswick I read the rest of the information points and will be back again to run with the dogs or go for a summer paddle in the river. I look forward to this path being somewhere where people of all ages and abilities can enjoy the beauty of the Lake District. See you all for your staycation in 2021!


More information dn a map of the trail can be found here.


Ali x




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