A stroll through Threlkeld village (20 mins/steady)
This is a short but sweet walk in the village, good for quickly blowing away the cobwebs, or to take a look at some of the “sights”. It takes about 20 minutes of steady walking, a bit more if you look at some of the points of interest.
Turn left outside the Salutation/right outside the Horse and Farrier. Cross over the beck (on the right just before the bridge is Bill Cowper’s paper shop). Immediately over the bridge, turn right. Just past the cottages on your left, fork right by some huts to take a path which follows the side of the beck - this is Kilnhow Beck, and the area through which you walk here is called Kiln How.
The Parish Council has promoted a lot of conservation work here in recent years. On your left you will see an outdoor classroom overlooking the beck. Keep the beck on your right, ignore a small footbridge on your right and keep going. The track is quite clear, it crosses the beck twice by small footbridges, and emerges at a car park known locally as the Dickney.
If you want, you can extend the walk a bit here by going up the track beyond the top of the car park, beside the beck (now a series of waterfalls).
Otherwise turn left down the road (Blease Road) towards the village. On your left is Threlkeld Primary School. The building was erected in 1849, to replace a former school almost opposite, now a house (The Old Schoolhouse). It is a thriving, popular and well respected school, attended by children from Threlkeld, Threlkeld Quarry and beyond.
Where Blease Road joins the main road through the village, turn left towards the pubs.
However, before turning left, walk a few yards along the road to the right. Here you will see the Threlkeld Public Room, our village hall, opened in 1901 and still the centre of a lot of village life. In the summer, the Public Room Committee provide a service of light refreshments (mainly home baked produce) at weekends and Bank Holidays. Behind the Public Room is a car park which can be used by visitors, and also public toilets.
Going down the road back towards the pubs, you pass St Mary’s Church on your right. The present building dates from 1777, on the site of a previous church. It is usually open, and is well worth a visit. The graveyard contains the Huntsman’s Memorial, just inside the gate nearest the pubs; this commemorates several famous members of the fox hunting community of years gone by. The graveyard is also noted for a wonderful display of snowdrops, so don’t miss this in January and February.