The picturesque village of Threlkeld sits nestled at the foot of Blencathra overlooking St Johns in the vale and the northern end of the Helvellyn mountain range.
Once a busy mining and agricultural village the economy is now predominantly tourism. Four miles east of Keswick and fourteen miles west of Penrith, Threlkeld is a popular stoppover for hungry and thirsty cyclists.
Threlkeld used to have its own railway station on the Cockermouth to Penrith line but today although the station is long since closed the old railway line from Threlkeld to Keswick is a busy scenic foot and cycle path. The village is split into two distinct parts seperated by the busy A66 road.
The larger of the two is on the Blencathra side of the road and is made up of farms, cottages, houses, a village hall and a small church. On the quarry side of the road the village comprises of three rows of terraced houses, The Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum and a small business centre. There are two pubs in the village, along with a newsagents, postoffice, several guest houses, B&B’s and local campsites.