The village of Crosthwaite

(Last update - February 8, 2016 )

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Crosthwaite and Lyth

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1857 to 1910




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and Winster Valleys

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Crosthwaite and Lyth
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Crosthwaite and Lyth Housing Needs Survey

First Responders
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Housing Needs Survey
Village of the Year 2009


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Artisan-food in Cumbria

Crosthwaite School

Crosthwaite Playgroup

Brigsteer Village Hall

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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







Click HERE for information of funding available for
any resident or businesses affected by floods.


Click HERE for

Briefing for businesses on Lake District National Park’s response to Cumbrian floods



SLDC News Release 11 December 2015 - Click here for details



Information for Home Owners - click here

Information for Businesses - click here

Public Health Information - click here

Coping with Crisis - click here




An appeal has been launched to raise funds to support communities and individuals devastated by
the flooding and storms.

Also the Cumbria Community Flood Fund will provide financial assistance to families and individuals affected by
the flooding and storms.

Follow the link below for more information


Lyth Valley Water Level Management Group

Environment Agency (Cumbria and Lancashire) are conscious that the events of the last week or so are bound to raise lots of questions about the Water Level Management Board proposals and the cause of flooding in the Lyth Valley. They will be holding a drop in session at:

Brigsteer Village Hall on Thursday 7th January from 1pm – 7pm.

Click HERE for more information.


Public meetings are being held at which
Veronica Waller NFU will make a presentation of where we are so far as the
Lyth & Witherslack Water Level Management Group is concerned.

Jan 18th Levens  VH
27th Jan   Brigsteer VH

...both starting @ 7.00pm....  


For newsletters and other information click on the link below:


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Parish Council Ccommunication

Crosthwaite and Lyth held their first meeting of 2016 at which it wanted to say "Thank you" to all the people who helped out in the wake of the floods.

A thank you goes to all the people involved in the production and taking part in the Crosthwaite and Lyth "Treasure Island" pantomime also.

Congratulations go to Matthew Dobson who has been invited to meet with the Queen for his service to the church as church warden for 50 years

It was noted that there has been lots of positive comments from residents for the letter in the gazette regarding the A590 and flooding.

SLDC will be sending out a Crosthwaite & Lyth Housing Needs Survey this week, – the parish council would like to ask if all  residents can complete the form even if they are not looking for a home and return it to the SLDC prompty  please.  This will enable the Parish to get a thorough view of the Parishes needs.

And lastly but by no means least, The Parish council are calling for the need of a roundabout again on the A590,  there have been 2 further accidents in the last two weeks.  The Clerk will write to Jonathon Read  from  Highways England.

Joanne Taylor
Clerk to the Parish Council


Notification of roadworks & closures affecting A590

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The A590 at Lindale Hill will be closed Westbound this Sunday night 31st January 20.00-06.00, to remove the temporary barrier. Following this closure the barrier works at this site should be finished.

The official signed diversion will be back to Brettargh Holt, up the A591 to Windermere and then back down the A592 to Newby Bridge.  Local car users will be able to get through Lindale onto the High/Low Newton bypass.

B)      The A590 at Foulshaw lane will be closed Eastbound on Wednesday between Millside and Gilpin Bridge.

The official signed diversion is from Meathop to Newby Bridge, up the A592 to Windermere and then back down the A591 to Brettargh Holt.

C)      Works are still continuing at Brettargh Holt roundabout to the A6, under daytime lane closures – no further full closures are expected for these works.

D)     Works started last night at Barr End, between Ulverston and Greenodd to replace and improve traffic signs and road markings.  These works were postponed from November 2015.  Traffic will be controlled using 2 way traffic lights and convoy working at night only.

E)      Works are due to start on 29th February at Newby Bridge Roundabout to Barrow Banks – full overnight closures (20.00 – 06.00) are planned from Monday 29th February until Thursday 3rd March –subject to weather conditions.



Lyth Valley Floods 2015

Click here to see our letter (updated) to the Westmorland Gazette



Two Valleys Church Services

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Two Valleys Parish News

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Parish Council Minutes

Click here for the most recent Parish Council Meeting Agenda.

Click here for the Draft Minutes of the last Parish 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.




Advance Notices

Landowners of Crosthwaite and Lyth
Charity Registration No 1073467

The Annual General Meeting will take place in The Memorial Hall on Wednesday 3th February 2016 at 7.00pm.
The Terms of Establishment allow for nine Trustees, (currently Martin Casson, Matthew Dobson, Claire Hensman, Tony Marshall, Penny Mutch, James Park, John Sceal, David Stott, Robert Sykes), all of whom seek re-election.
Nominations will not be accepted from the floor at the AGM. Should any landowner from the Parish of Crosthwaite and Lyth wish to stand as an alternative advice can be taken from the Charity’s Agent, Mr Julian Lambton, Carter Jonas, 52 Kirkland, Kendal, LA9 5AP (01539 722592), with whom a completed nomination, including proposer, seconder and résumé should be lodged by Friday 15th January 2016.


If you have any 'advance notices' you would like to include here please
e-mail (John at South Low) 


Memorial Hall -

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Parish Room

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Popular Pages

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If you have any comments, corrections, amendments or additions to this web site please e-mail
(John at South Low)



Parish Council Communication.

The PC would like to inform residents that the Parish Elections are being held on 5th May 2016, so if you would like to stand for election for a seat on our Parish Council you may wish to start thinking about the process. The clerk will have further information early 2016.

It was noted that there is different information in the public domain regarding Superfast broadband for our area. If you wish to gain information when broadband is coming to your area please visit:

The locally important project fund is now open and the Parish Council will be applying for funding for a potential footpath within Crosthwaite to give residents walking a safer option rather that the roadside.
Our next Parish Council meeting will be held on Tues 2nd February 2016

Therefore all it leaves to say for 2015 :   Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year from all at the Parish Council.


Yours respectfully

Joanne Taylor, Clerk


Parish Council Newsletter.

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



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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