The village of Crosthwaite

(Last update - May 25, 2016 )

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Crosthwaite and Lyth

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Two Valleys Churches
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The Exchange
Two Valleys Parish News

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Memorial Hall bookings
Parish Room bookings

The Landowners of
Crosthwaite and Lyth
  The Heversham Award
  Landowners Minutes
1857 to 1910




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
Play Group
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 Memorial Hall
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

Crosthwaite Playgroup

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

Oxenholme - Past & Present



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



Crosthwaite Garden Ramble 29-30 May 2016


This Spring Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday the gardeners of the Lyth Valley village of Crosthwaite are once again opening their gardens to the public in aid of charity.

Following on from the success of the 2014 Garden Ramble, which attracted 500 visitors, locals and visitors are invited to stroll around the 16 delightful private gardens on show, each offering something different, from  landscaped lawns to cottage gardens.

"What better way to spend a beautiful May day than satisfying your inner curiosity?" says John Hanley, event organiser, whose garden will also be on show. "Everyone loves seeing what other people have done with their gardens, gleaning hints and tips and even ideas for their own gardens. It's a great day out...for all the family".
A free mini bus service will run to all the gardens from the village hall where refreshments are served all day, from morning coffee to light lunches and afternoon tea.

The gardens will be open each day from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm. Tickets will be on sale from Crosthwaite village hall on the day. Adults £5, children under 16 free of charge. All proceeds from the Garden Ramble will go to St. Mary's Church, Crosthwaite.

For further details contact 015395 68297.


Crosthwaite and Lyth Burial Records now available online
Records of over 4500 people dating back to 1570

Crosthwaite and Lyth Graveyards


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Memorial Hall

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To book the Argles Memorial Hall Crosthwaite please contact Kath Edwards on (015395) 68879 or email:

Parish Room

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Popular Pages

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Advance Notices

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Parish Council Communication


We shortly bring to close our last 4 years as Parish Councillors.  The Parish Council would like to thank the retiring councillors  Judy Goodland, Chris Smith and Paula Cross for all their work and contribution, who have served the parish loyally.

Thanks also to Cllr John Holmes for his term in office, the Parish council really appreciate his hard work and effort.

Thanks to everybody who helped out with the Litter Pick for the Queen, there was a substantial amount of litter collected!

Well done and thanks to the Crosthwaite and Lyth landowners for a super beacon on Whitbarrow Scar, it was enjoyed by many.

A note to all, there has been a report of 4 x 4's using private land on Whitbarrow Scar for enjoyment. Residents are asked if anybody is seen to report to Roland Handley 015395 63242.

A reminder to all residents that if they need to speak to a parish councillor there is always someone available at the Exchange on the 2nd Wednesday of the month


Our Annual Parish meeting is being held on Tuesday 7th June 2016 at The Memorial Hall, starting at 7pm.

There will be a talk from Peter Windsor about the locals in the 1st World War.  Followed by a short report from organisations/groups within the parish. 

Please do come and join us for this interesting and enjoyable evening.


Joanne Taylor
Clerk to the Parish Council

Two Valleys Church Services

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Two Valleys Parish News

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Parish Council Minutes


Click here for the Agenda of Annual Parish Meeting.

Click here for the Draft Minutes of the Annual General Council meeting.

Click here for minutes from previous meetings.


Click here to view the BDO Audit Notice of Appointment

Click here to go to the main Parish Council page.

Joanne Taylor
Clerk to Crosthwaite & Lyth Parish Council.




Cartmel Fell and District Local History Society


Programme 2015/16




Crosthwaite and Lyth W.I.


Click HERE for the 2016 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


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.

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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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