Coronavirus news
26th March 10:39 - Two Valleys magazine - again

There will continue to be a digital version available via the website. This will need to be based more on articles/images than the usual offering of course.. The editors invite you to subit items to the usual so that we can provide something to read during these times.

26th March 10:28 - Two Valleys magazine

There will not be a printed edition of the magazine for the forseeable future. The April edition will not be delivered but has been produced and is available on this site. Much of the information about planned events is now of course sadly out of date

24th March, 10:04 - Church Services (updated)

All Church services across the Two Valleys are cancelled for the foreseeable future. Sadly, but it seems necessarily, our church buildings will now have to remain locked until further notice. Stay safe everyone.
We encourage anyone interested to join this facebook page "Two Valleys Churches” https://www.facebook.com/groups/1277901119079207/ which will have regular updates and short recorded church services for folk to join in with on Sundays.

19th March, 16:40 - Covid-19 Support

The form here is designed to be printed and dropped into your near neighbours if you are willing to offer help.

19th March, 16:22 - Covid-19 Community Support Group

See poster here which will also be delivered to most homes.

18th March, 17:15 - Crosthwaite and Lyth WI (update)

The Open Meeting on Wednesday 15th April about Kendal Families has now been cancelled. It is hoped to rearrange it in the future

The March meeting tonight on the Cumbria Community Foundation has also been cancelled

18th March, 17:09 - Wednesday evening Yoga

Cancelled until further notice

18th March, 17:08 - Art Club

Finished until October

17th March, 15:00 - Crosthwaite Playgroup

Unfortunately the decision has been made to cancel Playgroup initially until after Easter. If things do pick up, we would aim to restart on 14th April depending on the government recommendations at that time.

16th March, 08:45 - Crosthwaite Exchange

Due to current circumstances re-the Coronavirus, please note that the Crosthwaite Exchange will NOT be taking place for the foreseeable future. This is with great regret, but following suit with so many other organised gatherings (especially those involving food) that are cancelling for the time being.

14th March, 11:08 - Quiz night

The quiz night, scheduled for the 4th April has been cancelled

14th March, 11:05 - Damson Day

It is with great regret that in view of the current and prospective situation with regards to Coronavirus, we have taken the decision to cancel this years Damson Day. Following a meeting last night, it was agreed that it is highly probable that in coming weeks the government may take steps to ban large public events. In the event that were not to happen, we feel we have a responsibility to the people living with the valley and those working in it, not to increase the chances of the virus being passed on to those less able to cope with the effect it has. In addition, if the event were to go ahead, it is likely that we would see a large reduction in gate numbers, which would have a financial implication to all involved.

Many of you have already forwarded payment for stall fees. Those of you who have paid by BACS will be contacted directly for return bank details within the next few days. All others who have sent cheques, we will destroy those this week. We hope you understand the reasons behind this sad decision. For clarity, this is a complete cancellation and not postponement for this year.

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Saturday, 28th March 2020, 19:46:51

Carlisle Diocese News.


Anne Douglas's blog
Saturday, 28th March 2020, 11:05:52

Anne Douglas's Westmorland Gazette blog for 2nd  April 2020.


Latest Two Valleys Parish News
Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 16:10:36

Two Valleys Parish News for April 2020.


Covid-19 Community Support Group
Thursday, 19th March 2020, 14:25:05

Crosthwaite & Lyth Covid-19 Community Support Group to support those who are vulnerable or self-isolating


WI minutes
Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 10:11:21

WI - minutes for the 19th February 2020.


Church Notice Sheet
Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 09:41:06

New Church Notice Sheet for the week.


Church Highlights
Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 09:40:52

Church Highlights for the year.


Church Service Sheet
Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 09:40:28

A list of Church Services in the local parishes for the month.


Police poster
Friday, 13th March 2020, 10:30:40

How to Report a Crime


Crosthwaite Show 2020
Friday, 13th March 2020, 10:21:28

Current situation (and online Schedules and Entry Form)


Parish Council draft minutes
Saturday, 7th March 2020, 15:53:58

Parish Council - draft minutes for the 3rd March 2020.


Parish Council approved minutes
Saturday, 7th March 2020, 15:53:32

Parish Council - approved minutes for the 4th February 2020.


Parish Council agenda
Friday, 28th February 2020, 08:12:20

Parish Council - Agenda for the 3rd March 2020.


Climate Change meetings
Wednesday, 26th February 2020, 09:14:16

SLDC are organising meetings in the area to discuss Climate Change


Pantomime 2020
Friday, 21st February 2020, 16:50:59

Read a review and view the 2020 pantomime photos.


Quiz Night
Friday, 21st February 2020, 10:36:50

On Saturday 4th April at 7.30 In Crosthwaite Village Hall... with puddings!


Landowners' minutes
Thursday, 13th February 2020, 09:15:29

Landowners' - minutes for the 6th February 2019.


Raise the Roof!
Thursday, 16th January 2020, 13:43:35

The Village Hall Committee would like to invite all hall users and interested parties to an open meeting on MONDAY 24th...


The Crosthwaite Show is back!
Thursday, 16th January 2020, 12:25:30

The Crosthwaite Show will be held this year on Saturday 4th July 2020. The free schedules containing details of the...


A592 Road Closure
Sunday, 12th January 2020, 09:16:26

The A592 will be closed on the 20th January 2020 and will remain closed for an approx. duration of 3 nights, between...


The High - LDNPA planning decision
Saturday, 11th January 2020, 14:41:30

The LDNPA decision notice and planning reports are available here.


Landowners AGM
Wednesday, 8th January 2020, 11:52:50

Notice is given that the Annual General Meeting of the Landowners of Crosthwaite and Lyth will be held in CROSTHWAITE...


Wassail Day
Monday, 6th January 2020, 10:06:36

WASSAIL DAY takes place at Walker’s Orchard, The Row, (1.15pm) on Saturday January 11th, assemble at 1.15pm. The...


Video: St Mary's Christmas trees & lights
Sunday, 22nd December 2019, 19:25:41

A lovely 3 minute video of the lights & trees at the Christmas Tree Drop In (taken by Jim Bownass)


Pantomime 2020
Sunday, 22nd December 2019, 17:40:45

"Toad in the Hole" will be performed on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th January 2020.


WI Programme 2020
Sunday, 22nd December 2019, 15:34:44

The programme for Crosthwaite & Lyth WI events in 2020


Village New Year Supper
Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 19:25:45

Crosthwaite Locals New Year Supper, Punch Bowl Inn Thursday 16th January 2019, 7.00pm. £12.50 per person


Crosthwaite Post Office closed ........
Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 19:16:42

…… at the Punch Bowl between Wednesday 29th January and Monday 17th February 2020 inclusive.


Christmas Tree Drop In
Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 16:27:35

Pictures of the Christmas Tree Drop In event at St Mary's Church (13th-15th December)


Christmas Fair
Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 16:24:55

Pictures of the annual Christmas Fair held on 7 December at the Village Hall


The Damson Valley

The Parish of Crosthwaite and Lyth border 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. The equivalent distances from Crosthwaite village are 5½ miles to Kendal, 11 miles to Grange, 6 miles to Bowness and 11 miles to the M6.

Some useful postcodes for your SatNav when visiting Crosthwaite - St. Mary's church & Punch Bowl Inn LA8 8HR, School LA8 8HT, Argles Memorial Hall & Bowling club LA8 8HU, Dodd's Howe LA8 8HX, Starnthwaite LA8 8JN & LA8 8HZ, Damson Dene hotel LA8 8JE.

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. More...


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Damson blossom

Damson blossom

The Westmorland damson is a lovely local food, grown in the picturesque orchards of the Lyth Valley. It is used to make a wide range of items such as jam, chutney, puddings and gin – it is great in Eton Mess. It is a member of the plum family and is thought to be a type of Shropshire prune (possibly the Blue Violet) but improved by the unique conditions in Westmorland and pollination by the wild Bullace and Sloe. There are damsons in other parts of the British Isles but the flavour of the smaller Westmorland damson is said to be second to none.

Westmorland damsons grow mainly in and around the Lyth and Winster valleys, south-west of Kendal in the English Lake District. The orchards of the Lyth Valley are unique, surrounding each small farmstead and growing along every hedgerow in the valley.

At some time in April, exactly when depending on the weather, the orchards and hedgerows become snow white with blossom - a wonderful sight to see. The fruit ripens in September and is sold from roadside stalls and in local shops.

Originally damsons came from the area around Damascus, hence the name. Some say the Crusaders brought back damson stones to try in England. Damson trees are often found around sites of Roman camps - perhaps the Romans introduced them to Britain. Damson stones were found in a bag round the waist of a 4000 year-old 'Ice Man' uncovered recently in the Alps. Damson stones have been excavated at the Viking Yorvick centre at York.


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