Damsons are small dark plums. The variety grown in the Lyth and Winster valleys, known as the Westmorland damson, has a particularly strong flavour and makes excellent jam, ice cream etc. The Lyth Valley is renowned for the beauty of its damson orchards in April when the blossom is at its best.
Valerie Harrison with her husband John ran the Crosthwaite Post Office for many years until they retired in 2005. In 1999 she published the book "DAMSON COUNTRY - Walks around the Lyth and Winster Valleys". It is now sadly out of print but she has allowed us to publish it on the Crosthwaite and Lyth web site virtually in its entirety. The words, maps and excellent illustrations are as they were in the book. It is wiith much appreciation and thanks that we add this section to our community web site.
The village "shop", as referred to in the text and where several of the walks start, is now a private house called the "The Old Post Office". All walks should be used in conjunction with OS Outdoor Leisure map 7.
With many thanks to all those friends who were involved in compiling the walks and maps and testing them for accuracy - encountering all weathers along the way.
Illustrations by Anne Button
Designed by Dennis Wesson of Wesson Design Associates.
Published by Crosthwaite Post Office. 1999
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