The village of Crosthwaite

(Last update - May 24, 2015)

Welcome to the Parish of
Crosthwaite and Lyth

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Wha's Wha.

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Two Valleys Churches
Two Valleys Links
The Exchange
Two Valleys Parish News

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Memorial Hall bookings
Parish Room bookings




Damson Country
Walks Around the Lyth
and Winster Valleys

Cameos of Crosthwaite and Lyth
Families of Crosthwaite and Lyth
Picture Gallery

Parish Articles

Events and information.

Village Videos


Aerobics and Yoga
Art Club
Bell Ringers
Crosthwaite and Lyth
Bowling Club
Crosthwaite Short Mat
Bowling Club
Local History Society
Crosthwaite Tennis Club
WI logo Women's Institute


The Parish Council
The Neighbourhood Forum
The Memorial Hall
The Landowners of
Crosthwaite and Lyth
Local Businesses



Crosthwaite and Lyth Housing Needs Survey

First Responders
Parish Plan
Housing Needs Survey
Village of the Year 2009


Links to other sites

Artisan-food in Cumbria

Crosthwaite School

Brigsteer Village Hall

The Winster Valley Homepage

Witherslack Village

The Natland web site

The Westmorland Damson Association

The Lake District National Park Authority

Cumbria Directory

Rural wheels

Village maps courtesy of Colin Day

Where are we?


The Damson Valley

The Parish of Crosthwaite and Lyth lies 5 miles west of Kendal, 5 miles north of Grange-over-Sands and 3 miles south of Bowness-on-Windermere. The M6 motorway is 5 miles from the parish. Manchester Airport is 82 miles to the south.

Crosthwaite derives its name from the old Scandinavian word, "thwaite", meaning a clearing in a forest or a piece of land, which has been enclosed. This was blended with "Cross", which may reflect the earlier Christian connections with the Irish or Angle missionaries of the sixth or seventh century. The Norsemen also gave the Lyth Valley its name; "hlith" means sloping hillside.

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News and Events

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Crosthwaite Post Offices Opening Times

Punch Bowl Inn, Crosthwaite

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9.30am to 12.30am

Hare and Hounds at Bowland Bridge

Tuesdays and Thursdays 2.30pm to 4.30pm





Summer 2015 Events

Township Allotment

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Lyth Valley Water Level Management Group

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Parish of the Month

For April Crosthwaite and Lyth is featured as Parish of the Month on Explore South Lakeland.

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Two Valleys Church Services

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Two Valleys Parish News

Click here for the latest TVPN
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Parish Council Minutes

Click here for the draft minutes of the Parish Council AGM 2015.
- or here for approved minutes of previous council meetings.

Click here for the draft minutes Annual Parish Meeting 2015.

Click here for the Memorial Hall Report Annual Parish Metting 2015

Click here for the WI Report Annual Parish Meeting 2015

Click here for the St Mary's Church Report Annual Parish Meeting 2015

Click here for the Crosthwaite and Lyth Recreation Field Report Annual Parish Meeting 2015

Click here for the School Report Annual Parish Meeting 2015


Joanne Taylor
Clerk to Crosthwaite & Lyth Parish Council.




News release


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Crosthwaite and Lyth W.I.


Click HERE for the 2015 WI programme.




Cartmel Fell and District Local History

Society. Click here to view the 2015 programme .




Advance Notices


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Memorial Hall -

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Parish Room

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Cumbria Mobile Library timetable

Bowland Bridge
Dawson Fold
The Row


Popular Pages

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(John at South Low)




Parish Council Communication.


Crosthwaite and Lyth Parish is the SLDC Parish of the month for April on their "Explore South Lakeland" website which may encourage residents and visitors to visit.  Click on
Thank you to all who attended the Annual Parish meeting this month. Also our thanks  to Robert Sykes for his talk on  200yrs of The Landowners of Crosthwaite and Lyth. It was both interesting and informative. Please save the date of the 18th July for a walk/party on Whitbarrow Scar in celebration.  

Thanks also to the organisations from Crosthwaite and Lyth who updated us on their services.They provide excellent resources for our residents and will continue developing.
The Parish Council wish to remind everybody that there is a Community Bus Service every Wednesday stopping at Crosthwaite to go to Bowness or Kendal, which is struggling to get people using it. It can only be maintained when it is being adequately used, so please support it or when you need it it won’t be there. You have to apply to go on the bus but you can get the forms on the bus and take an initial journey.
And lastly there is a New Parish Community Plan on the horizon, please be sure to complete this form when it is delivered to your doorstep.  It is your chance to say what/ how you feel about the Parish, the services and development.

Yours respectfully

Joanne Taylor, Clerk


Crosthwaite and Lyth PC would like to announce the beginning of a Parish Council Newsletter.

Please subscribe to this by contacting the Clerk on e-mail: 



Superfast broadband for Crosthwaite and Underbarrow

You may have heard of Broadband Delivery UK, a government funded initiative to deliver ‘superfast’ broadband to the UK’s rural areas. Our local project, ‘Connecting Cumbria’, had a budget of £51 million to deliver high-speed broadband to 93% of local properties. Our area was scheduled to receive it in 2015, but this may not happen, or we may receive a less-than-satisfactory ‘solution’.

Click on the link below for more information.

Superfast broadband for Crosthwaite and Underbarrow.pdf




Rural Wheels

Lakes and Lyth Community Wheels started on Wednesday 18th September and will provide a new community transport service for our parish.

Click below for:-

Community Wheels Customer Leaflet

Community Wheels Customer Poster

Community Wheels Newsletter


Transforming travel in the Lake District National Park

The Go Lakes Travel programme is a £6.9million initiative, funded by the Department of Transport, and being delivered in partnership by Cumbria County Council, the Lake District National Park Authority and Cumbria Tourism.

Click HERE to visit their web page where you can download and/or subscribe to their e-newsletter and other information on this initiative.

Community Wheels

Every Wednesday morning a 13 seater mini-bus is running a service from Crosthwaite to Kendal, leaving the Memorial hall at 10 oclock.

The service starts in Kendal travels through Bowness, Winster, Crosthwaite, Underbarrow, and Brigsteer, arriving in Kendal about 10.45. The return journey is about two hours later, giving you plenty of time to do your shopping, or any businees you may need to do in Kendal.

The service is run by Cumbria County Council, using volunteer drivers from the local area. To use the bus you must register to make a trip. This can be arranged via the library in Kendal, or by giving John Holmes a call on 015395 68599.

Please try and use this service, it's here to stay as long as we have enough passengers to make it viable. Everyone using it now speaks about the "Great Crack" and companionship that has built up since the service started.

For more information call John Holmes, phone as above. To speak direct to the operators in Carlisle ring 0845 6023786 .

Wanted – Volunteer Drivers

Volunteers are required to support the 541 service which operates a return trip to Kendal, once a week for the villages of Crook, Winster, Bowness, Underbarrow, Crosthwaite and Brigsteer.

Local People are being sought to drive a 16 seat, fully accessible “Community Wheels” minibus as provided by Cumbria County Council. Volunteers will need to possess a full UK driving licence and be under 76 years of age.

Volunteers will be provided with CRB checks and training to a MiDAS standard (Minibus Driver Awareness scheme) and volunteer mileage expenses will be covered at a cost of 45p per mile.

We are seeking to recruit a number of drivers to enable us to develop a flexible approach with the commitment from volunteers. This is a great opportunity to support your local community in the picturesque Lyth Valley.

Anybody interested in becoming a volunteer driver or wanting further details regarding what’s involved please contact: (Caroline Watson, Community Transport Officer, on 01228 226721)

Click HERE for the CCC discussion on the Service 541.



Cumbria Community Messaging

Cumbria Community Messaging (CCM) is managed by the Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch Association (CNWA). It offers People and Communities across Cumbria the means to receive information from Agencies in the County tailored to their particular preferences for content, priority and means of communication. It is a web based system and registration is quick, simple and completely free. There are no contracts, costs or obligations of any kind.

Cumbria messaging service is a two way communication system designed to put you in touch with the people and services in Cumbria.

Click on and sign up.

Exchange video

Click HERE to view a video that Cumbria Action made at the Exchange.



Contact Liz on 01539 535 594 or email

Action with Communities in Cumbria (ACT)

Click HERE to see what Action with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) (formerley Voluntary Action Cumbria (VAC)) think about our Exchange in their publication - "The Exchange at Crosthwaite - A Guide to Establishing an Exchange in your area.

Pictures and up to date information on the Exchange can be found at; you will see that Exchanges are County wide now!!


There is a need for more volunteers to place their names on the HELPLINE; they are needed to help people attend Doctor, Hospital, Dentist appointments etc. If you are interested contact Geraldine Wilson on 68836.


The Lyth Valley First Responders Group is now very much in being. 34 people from the 5 villages involved (Brigsteer, Crook, Crosthwaite, Underbarrow & Witherslack) are now in training supervised by the North West Ambulance Service and the intention is to become operational during May this year.

We still need further volunteers to be trained as Responders and to help with fund raising.

Please contact the Secretary: John Holmes. 015395 68599, 07876 560053 or



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