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


Lake District Foundation launches partnership with The Outdoor Guide

We are delighted to share the exciting new website Julia Bradbury and sister Gina have launched, The Outdoor Guide  (TOG) and proud to support the walks and advice they offer from all over the UK.

The website is a showroom that puts companies with the same ethos together in one place to inspire families to get out and explore this wonderful world. On TOG you will find fab walks, amazing gear and gadgets along with some recommended places to stay when out walking.

Make sure you check out the Lake District walks section, definitely not to be missed!

Check out TOG for yourself visit


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!


First grant of the year!

Thanks to businesses across Cumbria that were busy fundraising last year, we were delighted to be able to make a grant of £ 2,913 to Red Squirrels Northern England this week (12th January 2018).

The red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) is the only species of squirrel native to England.  As a native species, the red squirrel is an integral part of our countryside and our natural heritage.  Red Squirrels Northern England (RSNE) is a red squirrel conservation partnership working right across northern England.

RSNE conduct an annual red and grey squirrel monitoring programme in 294 sites across northern England. The programme, which involves surveys using trail cameras, visual walks through woodlands, or observed squirrel feeders, has now successfully delivered annual range monitoring for 6 years.

Red squirrels captured on a trail camera during monitoring at Smardale Gill, Cumbria, spring 2017

Around 150 people were involved in surveys across the project area, and 72% of all surveys were carried out by volunteers, managed by project staff.

RSNE manages all of the data for northern England, working with other conservation organisations, private estates and over 30 local community red squirrel groups to capture all of the effort being put in to conserve reds.

Volunteers setting up hair tubes to survey for squirrels in Grizedale as part of the RSNE spring 2017 monitoring programme

The team has also been involved in a national project, Red Squirrels United, working with partners in Wales, Northern Ireland and Lancashire to conserve reds. The partnership is offering unique opportunities to share working practices and ideas with other projects, is helping encourage more community participation, and is gathering important information on public attitudes to red squirrel conservation.

There is also a scientific element to the project, and field data recorded by RSNE is being analysed by Newcastle University in order to support the collective work to protect reds become more efficient.

You can help RSNE to monitor the population of red squirrels by logging your sightings of red squirrels on the RSNE website.


Exciting plans unveiled at our launch event

Exciting new plans have today been unveiled by brand-new charity the Lake District Foundation, which aims to help sustain the UK’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site.

With donors, local businesses and beneficiaries of the charity in attendance, the new Director Sarah Swindley introduced adventurer and author Sean Conway as official ambassador of the foundation.

Mr Conway said: “I moved to the Lake District for one reason; to do all the various activities that are my oxygen for life. Swimming, cycling, running, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, the list goes on. It’s all on my doorstep and I love it. I really want to be able to help people make the most of this wonderful corner of Britain and preserve it for generations to come and that’s exactly what The Lake District Foundation does. It encourages the people using the landscape to look after it and to improve it for the future.”

The new charity builds on the legacy of Nurture Lakeland with the aim to increase ‘visitor giving’ from the millions of people who enjoy the Lake District every year. As well as visitors, the Lake District Foundation also encourages tourism businesses to play their part in looking after the environment.

At the event at Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa, Windermere, it was announced that the foundation will distribute income to worthy projects such as the Keswick to Threlkeld Multi User Trail and organisations like Fix the Fells.

Sarah Swindley, Director of Lake District Foundation said: “It’s an exciting time for The Lake District. After being recognised globally by UNESCO we felt it was time to raise our organisation’s ambitions and increase the impact we have.

“Nurture Lakeland did some incredible work over the years and we’re now ready to push ourselves further. The number of people visiting the Lake District grows each year so now is a real opportunity to increase visitor giving and distribute the income into effective projects and extend the reach of our charitable campaigns.”


The Lake District Foundation Launch Event

Exciting plans are to be unveiled for a new charity which will help sustain the UK’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Lake District Foundation will launch next month, with the aim of encouraging both visitors and communities to help care for the spectacular landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage of the National Park.

The new charity builds on the legacy of Nurture Lakeland and will be formally launched at a special event on Friday 15 December at The Low Wood Resort & Spa, Windermere.

The launch will be a chance for the charity’s trustees and newly-appointed Director, Sarah Swindley to showcase the ambitions and priorities of the Lake District Foundation and to launch their first fundraising campaigns to the Cumbrian business community, residents and other potential partners.

The Lake District Foundation will distribute income to worthy projects and organisations sand one of its key aims will be to increase donations to support this valuable work, including the value of ‘visitor giving’ from the millions of people who enjoy the Lake District every year.

Director of The Lake District Foundation, Sarah Swindley says: “It’s an exciting time for The Lake District. After being recognised globally by UNESCO we felt it was time to raise our organisation’s ambitions and increase the impact we have.

“Nurture Lakeland did some incredible work over the years and we’re now ready to push ourselves further, increase visitor giving and distribute the income into effective projects and extend the reach of our charitable campaigns.”

As well as showcasing The Lake District Foundation’s exciting plans for the future, the launch event will include first-hand experiences from potential beneficiaries of the new charity’s grant giving scheme and show businesses practical ways they can get involved.

There will also be a panel session with trustees, grant recipients and donors and time at the event to network with likeminded businesses and individuals.

Tickets to the launch event are free and can be booked here:

For more information follow @LakesFoundation on Twitter.

Japanese Tour Operators support conservation in the Lake District

Last year members of the Japan Forum collectively raised over £13,000 to help the National Trust to improve the footpath access around Beatrix Potter’s beautiful farmhouse, Hill Top, in Near Sawrey.

The generous donations of visitors choosing to book their tour with Japan Forum businesses will be used to support the off-road path project between Hawkshead and Near Sawrey. The aim of the project is to create a fully off-road route, which will make it both safer and more enjoyable for those moving between Hawkshead and Near Sawrey.

Last year, the following businesses were involved:

  • TDR Tour’s Express, Inc.
  • Worldbridge, Inc.
  • JTB World Vacations, Inc.
  • Nippon Travel Agency Co., Ltd.
  • JTB Media-Retailing, Corp.
  • Jalpak Co., Ltd
  • Hankyu Travel International Co.,Ltd.
  • JTB Tokyo Metropolitan Corp.
  • Hankyu Travel International Co.,Ltd.
  • Eurasia Travel Co.,Ltd.

Here are some pictures of our member businesses celebrating another successful year!

Eurasia Travel

Hankyu Travel International

Hanshin Friend Tour


JTB Media Retailing

TDR Tours Express

World Bridge

New Director for Nurture Lakeland

In the same week that the Lake District was awarded World Heritage Site status, we were delighted to appoint a new director of Nurture Lakeland, Sarah Swindley.

This marks an exciting time for Nurture Lakeland. We recently submitted an application to the Charity Commission to set up the Lake District Foundation, which will build on the work of Nurture Lakeland and will secure our place as one of the leading charities raising funds for the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment and cultural heritage of the Lake District.

Sarah says, “I am so excited to be taking on this new role at such an important time in the history of the Lake District. The Lake District National Park Partnership and the Trustees of Nurture Lakeland have big plans for the future and my first job will be to oversee the launch of the Lake District Foundation, a new charity that will build on the legacy of Nurture Lakeland and help deliver this shared vision. To be able to take both the skills I have acquired over many years as a charity leader and my love of the natural world into this role is the opportunity of a lifetime”.

Sarah comes to Nurture Lakeland from her previous role as CEO of Lancashire Women’s Centres where since 2011 she has successfully developed the size, turnover and impact of the charity. She has managed the organisation through a period of constant change and has won awards for designing and delivering innovative projects.

Gill Houston, chair of Nurture Lakeland board of trustees says, “We are delighted that Sarah is joining Nurture Lakeland. There are ever increasing numbers of visitors coming to the Lake District which gives us both a greater opportunity and a greater need to inspire visitors to help protect the natural environment. Sarah will be instrumental in enabling us to deliver our strategy to do this”.

Sarah is due to take up her new position in September 2017.

Sarah Swindley

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