Keswick Dismantled Railway
This is a great ride for all the family and suitable for pretty much everyone.
It’s low level, and fairly flat but this is the lake district, so there are...undulations...to be tackled. If you want to make this longer you can add the 6 miles from Kestrel lodge to Keswick on to the described route.
1. Start at Keswick Leisure Centre and follow the old railway line for about 5km, over an elevated wooden walkway, alongside gorgeous river views, information points, seats, gates, bridge, and finally a tunnel before you get to the “inverted” bridge and on to a tarmac track alongside the A66.
2. After a short way follow the track left and into Threlkeld village. There are two family friendly pubs for those so inclined, or turn back around and head back the way you came to Keswick.
3. If you don’t want to return on the same route retrace your path until you get to Greta Gorge, then cross the river over the first metal bridge and go through the bridal gate on the left.
4. Towards the end of the old railway line turn right through the bridal gate onto a short stretch of permissive track which will take you under the flyover of the A66. This section can be slippery, so take care.
5. After 300m you’ll come onto a minor road, turn right and carry on for just over half a mile, past Burns Farm, and then another quarter of a mile to Naddle Bridge.
6. Turn left at a sign post to Castle Rigg Stone Circle and up the hill for half a mile or so Past Goosewell Farm and the Keswick Adventure Centre. Castle Rigg is up on the Left.
7. When you’re done at the stone circle head back into Keswick, about half a mile down a steep descent.
8. Immediately after crossing a busy road junction, there’s a gateway that leads back onto the old railway line and takes you back to the Leisure Centre.
All maps and routes are to be used as guides only. When setting off, please make sure you have a good map with you too.