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Countrystride 55: THRELKELD - A story of stone & steam

...in which we stride out from the gateway village of Threlkeld, once a thriving industrial hub, with local lad, ex-forester and third ever Lake Distirct National Park warden, Donald Angus. As we walk - up the bluebell-flushed outgang of Blease Gill then down to picture-perfect Derwent Folds - we learn about the mining heritage of Threlkeld and the history of its quarry, whose stone flags and setts pave many northern towns; we talk about trainspotting on the old Penrith – Workington mineral line; we consider Tewet Tarn’s unlikely contribution to Cumberland brewing; we share recollections about the one-time TB 'sani' on the hill; and – most importantly of all – we ask exactly who was Fisher’s Wife?

  • This walk is one of 18 in our debut walking guide, The Threlkeld Walking Companion. Packed with heritage insights and fabulous walks from Mark, 50p from each copy sold is gifted to the community-owned Threlkeld Village Hall. You can find out more details about it here.




Our start and end point for the day: Threlkeld Coffee Shop in the centre of the village.
Donald in Kilnhow Beck.
Dave and Donald in the old outgang.
The Robinson Brothers stone... Look out for it as ascending the outgang steps.
Calf yat.
Derwent Folds.
A rare pollarded oak.
Brundholme Bridge on the old railway line - now the Railway Trail.
Gategill Fell rising above Threlkeld from the meadow path.
Our route for the day.