27th November 2011

You never know who you're going to see when you're out - Keswick to Threlkeld


Walk Overview
Time 10.05 to 13.50
Duration 3 hr 15 min
Distance 9.4 mile
Ascent 700 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Keswick - Keswick railway path - A66 - almost to Threlkeld - The Riddings - Wesco - Brundholme - Brundholme Wood - Keswick
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking near Portinscale suspension bridge

This is somewhere I tend to start walking from qutie a lot. It's nice and handy for Keswick, Borrowdale, Newlands Valley, Skiddaw, Latrigg and even the Castlerigg Stone Circle area.

The parking is free and no matter at what time of year or time of day I've always managed to get a space here.

From here you're only about 10 minutes walk from Keswick with everything the town has to offer, and in the opposite direction you're less than 5 minutes walk from Portinscale.


Route Map

I think it's been raining, or had you already noticed.

Well, I have to tell you the stunning views, the fresh air and countryside, the idyllic cottages and farms don't count for much on this walk. And to be honest, we'll remember this walk for the famous person we spotted long after we've forgotten everything else. I'm not really into the whole celebrity culture that seems to have gripped people these days, but this person was quite special. In fact, this guy makes most celebrities seem as insignificant as the countless number of Joe Bloggs' we pass every single day.

There's plenty of water in the River Greta today.

Keswick information.

Keswick main street on a wet and windy day in November.


There were quite a lot of people out on this section of the track this morning. No doubt the gale force winds had kept more than us two off the fells today.

The A66 road bridge. The high point on the skyline is Grisedale Pike.

On the boardwalk.


This looks like great fun, although I suspect it's a case of any fool can go in and splash about but it takes quite a lot of practice to get it right. This guy seemed to have it well sussed out.

The River Greta.


They must have used all the reject bricks that weren't quite square to make this tunnel.


Clough Head.

As we passing by Wesco I noticed one of the cars had the personalised registration W3 SCO. I don't suppose many people have a car registration that matches where they live.

See, I told you he was famous.
I guess the red coat and wellingtons are at the cleaners in readiness for the big day in four weeks time. I'm quite surprised he isn't too busy to take a day off at this time of year though.

If I hadn't been so 'star struck' I would have went and thanked him for the action man and the bike he gave me when I was about 6 or 7 years old. OK, if the truth be told, I actually wanted to apologise for falling off the bike on Christmas morning and bending the front forks. All that work he put into it and some clever little kid breaks it within an hour of unwrapping it, , , , you needn't laugh, what was I supposed to do. When you're that age and you suddenly realise the 3 speed Pouch Pathfinder can go much faster then you expected, the only thing to do is run into an immovable object, in this case a lamppost.

I still don't understand why the first lesson in riding a bike is how to make it go instead of how to make it stop. Never mind, the cost of the repair didn't seem important to me at the time and at least I still had the action man to keep me entertained until the bike was repaired. I wonder what kids would say these days if they got up on Christmas morning to find an action man and a bike waiting for them, even if the action man was the top of the range one with eagle eyes.


Looking along the route we followed back to Keswick from Brundholme,   and looking back along the road.


I guess everyone must be Christmas shopping.

The Skiddaw fells seen from near Greta Bank Farm.

What a coincidence, I was just thinking the same thing earlier. I was also wondering what if C.A.T really spelt dog and where do they get all the girders to make Irn-bru in Scotland.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks