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Braithwaite Court

Cumbria, England

Threlkeld walking and hiking route

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Start Point

Small free car park in Threlkeld. From Braithwaite head east along A66 for nearly 8 miles. Fork left into Threlkeld. Turn left at Blease Road. The car park is on the right in about 300 yards. The X5 bus service connects Braithwaite and Threlkeld.


Threlkeld is a pleasantly unassuming village nestling close to the foot of mighty Blencathra.

This circuit uses paths across upland meadows, with superb views to Blencathra on the right, the northwestern group of fells ahead and the Clough Head end of the Helvellyn ridge to the left. The return is along the track bed of the former Penrith to Keswick railway line, converted into a trail for walkers and cyclists. The line follows the River Greta, crossing and re-crossing the river on the original railway bridges.

The engineer was the unfortunate Thomas Bouch, whose bridge across the Tay in Scotland collapsed in a storm, taking a train and many passengers to a premature end. Traffic on the line finished in 1972. Although the path across two or three meadows is indistinct, the walking is entirely easy.


Walk Instructions

Turn left out of the car park and walk down the road for 100 yards.

1) Turn right at a footpath 'Wescoe and Keswick' sign, across the front of a terrace of houses. Pass through a kissing gate and continue close to a wall on the left. Go through another kissing gate in a little more than 100 yards, then a third kissing gate. Keep the same line to a stile at the left end of a wall ahead. The views over the Vale of Keswick to the fells mentioned above are spectacular.

Head for a waymarked gate/ladder stile. The path is not very clear across the next meadow, cross a little stream and bear slightly right to a stile at the top end of the wall ahead.

2) The path is now cobbled for a few yards, then acquires a stony surface. Go through a gate and continue, with a fence on the left. Pass the back of a house, then through a waymarked gate/ladder stile. At the next stile, the waymarks show two paths, go straight on, aiming to the right of a house, there is a stile close to the bottom end of the wall portion of the wall/fence ahead. Go through a gate and head for an arrowed post part way across the next meadow, carrying on to a kissing gate giving access to a surfaced lane at the farming hamlet of Wescoe.

3) Bear right then, in 30 yards, bear left to go downhill along a rough surfaced lane 'unsuitable for motor vehicles' descending to the bottom of the valley of the River Greta. Cross the Glenderaterra Beck, then turn left in 40 yards at a 'railway footpath' sign. Go through two gates to join the track bed of the former railway line.

4) Turn left, passing a former line side hut, now used as a shelter, with information boards. Cross the River Greta and rise very gently along the tree-fringed track, rich in silver birch. Cross the river again, go through a little tunnel, then cross the river for the third time. Pass another information hut before reaching a fourth bridge. After the bridge leave the railway line, rising to join the main A66 road.

5) Turn left to walk along the roadside cycle/pedestrian track for about 200 yards before turning left to follow the minor road into Threlkeld. Turn left at Blease Road to return to the car park.


Disclaimer: This route was correct at time of writing. However, alterations can happen if development or boundary changes occur, and there is no guarantee of permanent access. These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that neither HPB Management Limited nor any other person connected with Holiday Property Bond is responsible for the safety or wellbeing of those following the routes as described. It is walkers' own responsibility to be adequately prepared and equipped for the ‎level of walk and the weather conditions and to assess the safety and accessibility of the walk.


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