Charity Auction Announced for the Keswick to Threlkeld Old Railway Path

The Lake District Foundation is hosting an incredible ‘money-can’t-buy’ auction to raise funds for the reinstatement of the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path.

The auction will be held on Friday 8 June at one of the finest hotels in Cumbria, the luxurious Lodore Falls Hotel on the shores of Derwentwater in Borrowdale. The evening will offer the opportunity to bid for exclusive ‘money-can’t-buy’ prizes and experiences. Guests will enjoy a scrumptious four-course meal in the company of a number of national outdoor legends, whilst raising funds for a path with local and national interest.

The auction is set to be an incredibly prestigious event, especially with support from one of the oldest auction houses in the region, PFK Auctioneers who will be running the bidding on the night.

Michael Roberts, Manager of PFK Auctioneers saidWe have a long history of hosting successful auctions and with over 140 years’ experience we know the auction planned for the Lake District Foundation will be exceptional. We are confident the lots on offer will be of interest to all walks of life and are excited to be part of the evening to raise funds for a much loved and well used Lake District path”.

The prizes on offer will provide unique experiences and magical moments you never thought possible, to be shared with family and friends as surprises, gifts and treats. The most important part of the event is that the funds raised all go support the fundraising campaign for the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path.

Caroline Hoppé, Campaign and Event Manager from the Lake District Foundation said the fundraising starts before you even get to the auction, “We are delighted to share that when you buy your ticket for the evening it includes a £20 donation towards the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path. We’d like to thank you in advance for your support. The auction prizes will be revealed soon, but in the meantime we encourage you to buy your ticket now so you don’t miss out on this fabulous evening to come.”

Tickets are £50 per person or you can take a table of 12 and can be purchased at If you would like to offer a prize or have any questions contact Caroline Hoppé, Campaign and Event Manager from the Lake District Foundation via or call 01539 822622.

The funds raised will go towards reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld railway path, some parts of which were severely damaged during the floods in 2015.

Two of the old railway bridges that crossed the River Greta were washed away, one bridge was left at risk of collapse and around 200 metres of the path surface disappeared into the floodwaters.

In December 2017 the LDNPA were delighted to announce a major funding boost to the project – a £2.5 million grant from Highways England and a partnership with the Lake District Foundation to jointly fundraise the shortfall of around £3 million.

Keswick to Threlkeld Fundraising Toolkit

Help us spread the word about raising funds for the reconnection of the Keswick to Threlkeld railway path. We need to raise £5.4m to make the repairs happen and need your help.

The Toolkit

Download our toolkit and promote in your business today:

What’s it all about

The railway path, in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, was a beautiful traffic free, tree-clad, four mile route which winded through Greta Gorge along the old track bed of the Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith railway.

Storm Desmond, caused flooding damage across the Lake District, devastated this well loved route between Keswick and Threlkeld, destroying two bridges and damaging a third.

Get involved

There’s lots of ways you can help support the fundraising campaign which works for your business, take your pick:

  • Campaign partner – promote the toolkit via your business and marketing channels. Would you like a donation box? Get in touch with our Fundraising Manager Heather Askew who will drop one off for you email or call 01539 822622
  • Keswick to Threlkeld Challenge – take part in the 5km challenge as an individual or business, complete 5km, donate £5, take a picture or video, nominate 5 people to get involved and share via social using #K2TChallenge. More details on our K2T Challenge page here
  • Donate – all donations are welcome big or small it all helps reach our goal. You can donate online via our Just Giving page or write a cheque payable to Lake District Foundation (mark the back K2T) and post to: Lake District Foundation, Murley Moss, Oxenholme Road, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 7RL
  • Fundraise – why not put on your own fundraising event or take on a challenge to raise funds? Link up with our Just Giving website  
  • Charity Auction – 8th June Lodore Falls Hotel, Keswick. Can you offer a prize? Like to sponsor the event? Buy a table? Get in touch with Caroline Hoppe Campaign & Events Manager for more details
  • Duck Race – more details coming soon!
  • Have you got a big idea? All ideas are welcomed so please get in touch if you have thoughts and suggestions of how we can make this fundraising happen


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