Walking Britain's Lost Railways

Lake District

Series 1 - Episode 4 Lake District



The genial Rob Bell has to summon up all his detective skills in order to walk along what was the Penrith to Cockermouth branch line in the Lake District. Much of its 31-mile length has been overtaken by nature, so at one point he takes a detour up a fell in order to get a bird’s eye view of his route.

In fact “taking a bit of a detour” is a frequent recurrence on this journey, because floods have destroyed several bridges and paths. The scenery, though, is glorious, and he meets some smashing people en route, including Bob, who tells some colourful stories about Keswick Station.


Rob Bell revisits decommissioned railway lines in the Lake District, where he looks for elusive signs of a route that begins over a busy motorway near Penrith. As he traces the route, he learns the tragic tale of engineer Thomas Bouch, whose reputation was ruined by a disaster, and discovers how a lost line near Keswick once supported the whole region by transporting minerals and ore from the mines.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Rob Bell
Director Adam Kaleta
Executive Producer Melanie Darlaston
Executive Producer Fintan Maguire
Series Producer Christopher Bruce
Nature History