Between Keswick and Threlkeld there are eight "bowstring"
Their shape resembles a simple archery bow. Some girders arch above track
level and some below.
Such bridges are quite rare in the UK and considered by many to give
the line an "alpine" character.
are all on the Railway Path maintained by the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA).
tracks have been replaced by specially designed wooden "decks" and handrails which make the route easily accessible
for walkers, cyclists, people with pushchairs and wheelchair users.
A news story in April 2013 gave the impression that those girder bridges were being
removed and replaced by footbridges.
That would have been
a disaster for the Railway Project - adding millions of pounds to the re-opening costs.
fact the LDNPA was removing all rotten wood and rubbish, then building new decks on top of the steel structures.
This work will help protect the structures from the worst effects of the weather.
This work is due to be completed in early 2014 and is a welcome move, keeping the route accessible and preserving
it for all types of future transport use.