Keswick Old Railway
Distance: 7.2 miles with half up and then all down on the way back
Character: This is a super little ride for the family. It keeps the kids off the road and on a very comfortable and easy surface, gently climbing all the way to Threlkeld. A quick bite to eat at Threlkeld and then head down and home. The fun is in the descent all the way back - no kids moaning as they can freewheel most of it. The scenery is superb, especially as you pass underneath the A66.
Well maintained and mostly level, apart from a short but scenic stretch underneath the A66 viaduct where the line used to go through a tunnel, this easy trail through lovely countryside combines a wide variety of natural and man-made features into an attractive and stimulating ride with something of interest for everyone.
Facilities and Refreshments: Parking at the Old Railway Station car park is easy, but unfortunately no longer free. There is a cafe in the old station, as well as toilets nearby. Keswick itself is a hive of activity, and Thekheld has a good pub, The Horse and Farrier, for some mid-point food.
1. Park at the Old Railway Station just off Station Avenue and head east as the track gently climbs. It really is this simple.
2. After 3 miles the track comes to a halt and you are directed onto a shared cycle/ footpath alongside but off the A66. Follow this and then turn off the road to the left and into Threlkeld village.
3. Reverse the route back down after a break.
The track has several small huts that have seating and can provide shelter should the weather necessitate a break.