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Threlkeld, Keswick - Penrith rail path, Castlerigg Stone Circle, Cumbria.
[10.6 km]  Fri 14 May 2021

OS Grid ref: NY 31629 24994
Lat/Long: 54.615451, -3.060231

Low cloud was forecast so I headed back to Threlkeld for another low level walk along part of the Keswick - Penrith Railway path I hadn;t been on. I parked in the layby to the west of Threlkeld then back along the road into the village then right at St Mary’s Church to take the path across fields to the A66. The Church was rendered on the outside walls and didn’t look particularly attractive.
St Mary's Church Threlkeld.
 After crossing the A66 I was back on the fields and an interesting feature of Kilnhow Beck raised above the fields on a raised embankment. At Mill Bridge I crossed over the River Glenderaramckin and up the lane to the line of the old Keswick Penrith railway which is now a path. I turned right to head west below what were the Threlkeld Quarries. There were many stone structures where the rail sidings would have been for loading.
Stairway to nowere.
Threlkeld sidings.

 Path along the old railway
I reached the B5322 and crossed over to continue along the rail route path. I soon came to the bridge over the River Glenderamackin and stopped to admire the many rivets holding the iron riders. The railway was surveyed and engineered by Sir Thomasa Bouch and the work carried out by Messrs George Boulton & son of Newcastle. The line opened in 1864 to transport mainly industrial goods such as coal, coke and stone. The 31miles of track had 135 bridges. A few years after the opening the design engineer, Sir Thomas Bouch, became infamous for another railway. On Sunday 28th Dec 1879 The Tay Railway Bridge that Bouch had designed collapsed in a storm. The train to Dundee passed over and crashed into the River Tay killing all 75 people onboard.

 Rail Bridge over the River Glenderamackin.

 Lots of rivets.

The last passenger train travelled over the bridge in 1972. I reached the road and turned left to descend down to Threlkeld Bridge on the old road. It’s an interesting spot as upstream the River Glenderamackin and St John’s Beck join to become the River Greta. The road continues steadily upwards towards Burns Farm.


 Misty St John's in the Vale.
At the high point I noticed a structure in the field to the right. I walked across to investigate and it was as I suspected a Royal Observation Corps Post bearing the usual feature of items above ground.

ROC Monitoring Post no 51
(Royal Observer Corps

Ground Zero Indicator (GZI)
mounting plate
I asked my friend Michael about it as he’s an expert on them. He sent me a link with the following information:
Threlkeld ROC Monitoring Post A brief history of the post.
October 1939 – An Observer Corps post was originally built at Keswick, designated E2 post of 32 Group (Carlisle).
August 1951 – The post was re-sited to its current location, renamed Threlkeld.
November 1953 – It was renumbered as N2 of Carlisle Group which was also renumbered as 22 Group.
May 1961 – The underground post was opened.
October 1968 – Following restructuring of the ROC the post was once again renumbered to J3 of 22 Group, at this time nearly half of the posts across the UK were closed including near neighbour Greystoke.
In 1981 the clusters of posts were rearranged and all posts redesignated numerically, Threlkeld became 51 Post and remained so until stand down in 1991.

I followed the road down to Naddle Bridge and once over turned left into the field to follow a path up to Goosewell Farm. The property now has a variety of uses including a climbing wall & activity centre.

Milepost by the road.

 Keswick Climbing Wall & Activity Centre.

A short way on I walked into the field to admore the Castlerigg Stone Circle built around 4,500 years ago. In 1913 Hardwick Rawnsley (1851-1920) organised a local subscription to purchase Castlerigg stone Circle for the National Trust. It was one of the first archaeological sites to get this protection. Dorothy and William Wordsworth visited Castlerigg in 1799. I was lucky that there weren't many people around and was able to get some photos without figures.

Hardwicke Rawnsley (1851-1920)

 Castlerigg Stone Circle

 Castlerigg Stone Circle

 Castlerigg Stone Circle

 Castlerigg Stone Circle - artists impression of a Victorian visit.

Back at the road I returned through the Goosewell buildings and down to the old road where I descended through the trees to cross under the A66 by a wet muddy underpass. The path continued down through fields to join the Keswick - Penrith railway route path which I followed back to the car.

Looking under the A66 to Threlkeld Bridge.

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