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KEEPING YOU IN TOUCH - YOUR FREE MONTHLY NEWSPAPER DELIVERED DOOR-TO-DOOR FOR 31 YEARS RIVER GRETA, FITZ PARK TO THRELKELD BRIDGE


In View with Stan Leigh ~


My article in the Christmas edition of ‘The Post’ covered the short but interesting journey from the convergence of River Greta with River Derwent to Fitz Park in Keswick. This month, I continue upstream, visiting a few interesting features en route to reach Threlkeld Bridge where River Glenderamackin meets St. John’s Beck to become River Greta.


A66 Viaduct from The Forge Bridge Keswick Railway Footpath


I start my journey at the new footbridge at Fitz Park and walk eastwards on the pavement alongside the Penrith Road. You soon reach a footpath through a gate that weaves its way between trees on the riverbank before reaching a former rail bridge - part of the Greta Railway Footpath. A little further along is the Calvert Bridge on the left, which is more than 200 years old. I was interested to see the former Toll Bar House and that some of the house names on this stretch of road contained ‘Mill’ in their titles. Then there is Townsfield with a path that follows the riverbank to see a lively section of the river, to exit at a gate at the far end to reach Forge Lane.


Follow the Lane down the hill to reach the listed Forge Bridge and Brigham Forge Cottages. Water power was important here - there was a smelt site and other industrial buildings too. A race and a short tunnel were built many years ago – they are no longer used but are still visible. Another amazing feature is the A66 Viaduct that reaches high above the dwellings. I enjoyed chatting to Eric and Kath who live nearby and enjoyed hearing about their time here, including their experience of the building of the viaduct and more recently, Storm Desmond.


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It is possible to cross the recently repaired Forge Bridge to ascend Latrigg [1203 feet] but I suggest returning to the Penrith Road, then heading uphill for a short distance before going down the steps to the railway footpath. At this point, you can return to Keswick if you just want a short walk or pass the Low Briery Holiday Park, [formerly the Bobbin Mill site] to carry on to Threlkeld. Walk to the next railway bridge and then turn left on the signposted path to make your way through Brundholme Wood to reach a track which is out of use for motor traffic. Turn right here and you will reach a junction – take the track down the hill to reach the lane to Wescoe and Threlkeld.


As you approach Threlkeld, turn right to cross A66. Head towards Burns Farm on the minor road and you quickly reach Threlkeld Bridge with River Glenderamackin and St. John’s Beck beyond coming together to become River Greta.


Greta’ for themselves and enjoy some of the features en route. For this walk, I suggest OS Explorer Maps OL4 [The English Lakes, North West Area].


Have a look at the network of rivers and becks that flow into River Greta to appreciate the flow of water from the fell tops to where it meets River Derwent in Keswick. For example – River Glenderamackin starts its journey on Mungrisdale common and drains much the eastern and southern sides of Blencathra. It then heads east, then north before sharply turning south at the village of Mungrisdale, skirting almost all round the bottom of Souther Fell before turning west before it’s change at Threlkeld Bridge. Other rivers and becks that drain to River Greta are Scale Beck, Mosedale Beck, Troutbeck, Whit Beck, Glenderaterra Beck, Naddle Beck, Shoulthwaite Beck and there are others. See if you can find them!


Riversmeet at Threlkeld Bridge River Greta from Latrigg


So, there we have it – 4 to 5 miles of River Greta. I suggest that you read Keith Richardson’s book ‘The Greta’ with colour photographs by Val Corbett and I encourage readers to explore ‘The


There seems to be a fascination to explore rivers - Jeremy Paxman recently presented a TV series on Channel 4 which featured ‘The Tweed’, The Severn’, ‘The Mersey’ and ‘The Thames. He is a devoted fisherman who travelled along these rivers, meeting the people who make them what they are, unearthing their history and traditions and exploring wildlife. Similarly, Keith Richardson has shared some of his knowledge in his book ‘The Greta’, so that we too can appreciate ‘The greatest little river in the world’. You might not agree with Keith’s assertion but the only way to find out is to Explore and Discover!


ISSUE 423 | 22 FEBRUARY 2018 | 36 Stan


Infant River Glenderamackin


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