Keswick to Threlkeld Fundraising Toolkit

Help us spread the word about raising funds for the reconnection of the Keswick to Threlkeld railway path. We need to raise £5.4m to make the repairs happen and need your help.

The Toolkit

Download our toolkit and promote in your business today:

What’s it all about

The railway path, in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, was a beautiful traffic free, tree-clad, four mile route which winded through Greta Gorge along the old track bed of the Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith railway.

Storm Desmond, caused flooding damage across the Lake District, devastated this well loved route between Keswick and Threlkeld, destroying two bridges and damaging a third.

Get involved

There’s lots of ways you can help support the fundraising campaign which works for your business, take your pick:

  • Campaign partner – promote the toolkit via your business and marketing channels. Would you like a donation box? Get in touch with our Fundraising Manager Heather Askew who will drop one off for you email or call 01539 822622
  • Keswick to Threlkeld Challenge – take part in the 5km challenge as an individual or business, complete 5km, donate £5, take a picture or video, nominate 5 people to get involved and share via social using #K2TChallenge. More details on our K2T Challenge page here
  • Donate – all donations are welcome big or small it all helps reach our goal. You can donate online via our Just Giving page or write a cheque payable to Lake District Foundation (mark the back K2T) and post to: Lake District Foundation, Murley Moss, Oxenholme Road, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 7RL
  • Fundraise – why not put on your own fundraising event or take on a challenge to raise funds? Link up with our Just Giving website  
  • Charity Auction – 8th June Lodore Falls Hotel, Keswick. Can you offer a prize? Like to sponsor the event? Buy a table? Get in touch with Caroline Hoppe Campaign & Events Manager for more details
  • Duck Race – more details coming soon!
  • Have you got a big idea? All ideas are welcomed so please get in touch if you have thoughts and suggestions of how we can make this fundraising happen


Keswick to Threlkeld 5km Challenge

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, nominate 5 friends and share.

Get involved!

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

Heading to Keswick?

Why not 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.

Reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path – Fundraising Campaign is Live!

Working with the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA), we are launching a fundraising campaign to raise funds for the reconnection of the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path, and we are now looking for the help and support of local businesses and community groups with this campaign.

Heather Askew, fundraiser for the Lake District Foundation said “I know how much we all miss having this fantastic route available, whether it’s for a family walk, a training run or a cycle ride.  This accessible route has so much to offer for both locals and visitors and is a vital connection between Threlkeld and Keswick.  This fundraising campaign will help support the cost of getting this route fully restored.  I hope that local businesses and community groups in Threlkeld and Keswick will be keen to get involved and support this project.”

The flooding in December 2015 caused extensive damage to the trail, 2 bridges were unseated from their abutments and irreparably damaged, a third was badly damaged, 200m of path embankment was washed away and undercutting of the bank below is threatening the long-term stability of the boardwalk section.

The LDNPA intend to largely reinstate the original route, including work to replace the two missing bridges, to repair the third bridge, to re-route the trail around the missing section of embankment and to reopen the original railway tunnel to replace the raised boardwalk section.

Planning permission for the work is being applied for in March 2018 and the project is expected to cost around £5.4 million. A £2.5 million grant from Highways England has been awarded, and we are now looking to raise the shortfall of around £3 million.

The LDNPA anticipate that phase 1 (design) will be complete by July 2018 with the designs and necessary environmental and planning consents in place.  Subject to securing match funding, phase 2 (construction) could start as early as summer 2018.  The LDNPA will be sharing designs for the project in February 2018.

If you would like to get involved with this fundraising campaign, please email Heather Askew: or call us on 01539 822622.

You can donate to the campaign by:

Don’t forget to follow the Lake District Foundation on Facebook and Twitter for the latest campaign updates!


Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path

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.

Lake District Foundation will be playing a leading role in raising the £3 million shortfall.

We will be working to secure funding from grant programmes and encouraging local businesses, visitors and residents to play a part in this exciting project.

To make a donation to this project click here, or get in touch to discuss your fundraising ideas!

For more information about the project visit


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