Following the very successful reopening of the Keswick to Threlkeld trail in December 2020, it has been heavily used, with over 250,000 visitors to the trail in the first year. Residents and visitors alike have benefited from the accessible route through this historical part of the countryside.
Unfortunately, it has been difficult to find a permanent solution to providing toilets at the start of the trail. With the swimming pool having been closed after Covid, and uncertainty over the future of the Station Platform, there is a need to have toilet provision in place. The Lake District National Park Authority helped provide temporary toilets for the last two summers, but cannot fully fund it moving forward.
Keswick Town Council (KTC) think it is important to keep the temporary toilets in place until a permanent solution can be found. The Lake District is one of the most beautiful parts of the country, and we want everyone to leave it as they found it. Therefore, we are leading the way in helping to find funds to keep the temporary toilets in place. KTC have put money in, as have other agencies, but we have a shortfall of around £4,000 for 2023 which we need to fund to make sure they are kept in place.
We are hoping that by fundraising this way, visitors will be able to contribute towards the cost of the toilets. All the monies raised from this appeal will go towards supporting the costs of the toilets. Any monies over this will be used to help support future years until a permanent solution is found in conjunction with the land owner, the new Cumberland Council.