The village of Crosthwaite

(Last update - April 13, 2014)

Welcome to the Parish of
Crosthwaite and Lyth

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Two Valleys Churches
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



First Responders
Parish Plan
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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For of Plan click HERE.


For of Official Notification click HERE.





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



Two Valleys Church Services

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Two Valleys Parish News

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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

On the following Wednesdays:

Watch this space.

Popular Pages

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Parish Council update.

The parish council met on 1st April.


Click below for the:

Draft 1st April 2014 Parish Council Minutes


Joanne Taylor
Clerk to Crosthwaite & Lyth Parish Council





Sunday and Monday 25th and 26th May 2014

On Whitsun Bank Holiday we hope to welcome hoards of visitors to Crosthwaite to visit some 15 private gardens as part of the 2014 Crosthwaite Garden Ramble.

There will be homemade refreshments served in Crosthwaite village hall throughout the 2 days and a 16 seater mini bus has been laid on to take visitors at no charge to the furthermost gardens on show.

Guides and tickets will cost £5 per person, with under 16s free of charge, and these will be on sale on the day at the village hall.

All the gardeners will no doubt be praying for an improvement in the weather, so that they can show their gardens off at their absolute best. 

We still need lots of volunteers over the 2 days, to help with refreshments, car parking, mini bus drivers, and stewarding in gardens. It is intended to be a fun and sociable weekend for all involved, so if you can spare some time and would like to help, please contact John Handley on 015395 68297.

All the proceeds from the event will help fund the building works at St. Mary’s Church, Crosthwaite.


Crosthwaite and Lyth W.I.


Click HERE for the 2014 WI programme.




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



The 2013/2014 programme for the Cartmel Fell and District Local History
Society in now on-line. Click here to view.



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.

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 a16 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.



3 ounces, 4 inches & 5 farthings

A fascinating, informative, nostalgic yet light-hearted look back at Britain’s ancient and gloriously idiosyncratic weights and measure before decimalisation.

Sold in aid of
St Mary’s Church, Crosthwaite Building Fund

£3.50 from the Crosthwaite Exchange on Wednesdays – or from the Church

Or by post:Please send a cheque for £4 (to include postage) to:
P R Sherratt, 16 Starnthwaite Ghyll, Crosthwaite, nr Kendal LA8 8JN



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.



Click HERE for more information.






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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