Following the floods in December 2015, the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway path suffered serious damage. Two of the old railway bridges that cross the River Greta and around 200 metres of the path surface were washed away, and Rawsome Bridge was left at risk of collapse.

Since Storm Desmond in 2015, around half of the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path Multi User Trail (MUT) has been out of action, impacting on thousands of local people and visitors who enjoy the route every year. The Lake District National Park (LDNP) prioritised reconnecting this route, however it is a complex, major project that requires significant work.

The LDNP has successfully secured a commitment of £2.5 million from Highways England towards the £5.4 million projected total cost of the project.

The Lake District Foundation will be playing a leading role in raising the £3 million shortfall and will be working to secure funding from grant programmes and encouraging local businesses, visitors and residents to play a part in this exciting project.

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Keswick to Threlkeld 5km Challenge

Take on the #K2TChallenge and raise funds for the reconnection of the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path. Its easy. Complete 5km, donate £5, tag 5 friends and share.

Get involved!

  • Complete 5km anyway you like. Walk, run, cycle, push the buggy, walk the dogs or swim!
  • Take a selfie or a quick video
  • Use #K2TChallenge and share
  • Tag in 5 friends to take up the challenge
  • Donate by texting “KTOT18 £5” to 70070 or donate online at

In Keswick today?

Take on the 5km challenge on the remaining railway path today!

The route starts besides Keswick swimming pool, follow the railway path along a peaceful traffic free, tree-clad, path up to the first missing bridge, beside the River Greta. Enjoy.


Thank you

Your funds raised will help restore and reconnect the full route from Keswick to Thelkeld. We hope that you will be inspired to give, your donation really will make a difference.

For further information

Contact The Lake District Foundation on
01539 822622 or