Keswick Loop via Threkeld and the Castlerigg Stone Circle

This 11 mile cycle route takes you on a loop circuit from Keswick along a disused railway line to the village of Threkland. The return journey is mainly along country lanes and takes you via the ancient stones of Castlerigg, situated on the hill top. You will encounter some hills along the route but the spectacular scenary is well worth the effort. Cycle hire is available in Keswick from Whinlatter Bikes,Main Street, Keswick.


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Keswick is a market town situated on the northern end of Derwent Water in the Lake District and in addition to its lake,Derwent Water it boasts of having a theatre, a museum and the nearby Castlerigg Stones

Starting from Station Road, just off Victoria Street A5271 in the centre of Keswick cycle down Station Street out of town and across the bridge. As you cross the bridge the road runs on to Station Road. Continue along Station road for about 200 yards and just opposite Brundholme Road Bear left along the path towards the swimming pool (B).

Follow the path round to the right and to the car park. Keep bearing Right and bear right along the path at the side of the car park, TheKeswick Railway Path. You now cycle along the cycle path out of Keswick through the suburbs of Keswick.

On the first section of the route the cycle path takes you over the river and then after
cycling along the trail for about half a mile you bear left down the trail as you approach the A5271. Cycle along the trail past the A5271 and then follow the trail to the right as you cycle up hill and out into the spectacular Cumbrian countryside.

Continua along the trail as it takes you past a caravan park on your left the trail then takes you over several bridges and through a short tunnel. After about 2 miles the trail brings you out on a junction with the A66 after a short climb near the end of the trail.

At the junction TURN LEFT and after 100 yards TURN LEFT up the road signposted for Threkeld. Cycle up the road for 500 yards and in to the village of Threkeld where you will find the Salutation Inn should you wish to stop for refreshments.

From the centre of Threkeld retrace you route back to the A66 where you Bear Right and
after 150 yards TURN LEFT up Burns Lane.

Cycle up hill along Burns Lane for 1 mile then TURN Left along a lane signposted for Castlerigg Stone Circle. Cycle down the lane as it takes you over a bridge then about a quarter of a mile after the bridge TURN LEFT and cycle up the lane for half a mile where you will come to the Castlerigg Stone Circle on your left. If you look over the hedge to your
left you will see the stone circle on the brow of the hill. The Castlerigg Stones are said to date from around 3000BC. and from the circle you can see some of the highest peaks in the Lake Disitrict.

At the stone circle TURN LEFT down the narrow Castle Lane. Cycle for half a mile to a ‘T’ junction at the end of the lane with Nest Brow A591. At the junction TURN RIGHT and cycle down the road towards Keswick and enjoy the descent along Nest Brow A591. After three quarters of a mile TURN LEFT down Ambleside Road signposted Castlerigg Manor.

Continue all the way down Ambleside Road for 1 milw where you come to the centre of Keswick and opposite the end of the road is Station Street. The start/end of the cycle ride.

In Keswick you will find plenty of shops, pubs etc to explore and enjoy after your cycle ride.





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