The village of Crosthwaite

(Last update - June 19th 2019 )

Welcome to the Parish of
Crosthwaite and Lyth

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Wha's Wha.

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cross Two Valleys Churches
links Two Valleys Links
teapot The Exchange
mag Two Valleys Parish News

You can download previous
editions here

anne Crosthwaite News
- by Anne Douglas
Memorial Hall Memorial Hall bookings
snooker Snooker Club &
Parish Room bookings

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




Damson Country
Walks Around the Lyth
and Winster Valleys

cameos Cameos of Crosthwaite and Lyth
genealogy Genealogy
The People and Families
of Crosthwaite and Lyth
camera Picture Gallery

Parish Articles

Events and information.


Village Videos


aerobics Aerobics and Yoga
balloon Play Group
paintbrush Art Club
bell Bell Ringers
bowls Crosthwaite and Lyth
Bowling Club
shortmat Crosthwaite Short Mat
Bowling Club
pen Local History Society
tennis Crosthwaite Tennis Club
WI logo Women's Institute


The Parish Council
memorial hall The Memorial Hall
cash Local Businesses


Peter Sherratt Peter Sherratt

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Neighbourhood Plan
plan Parish Plan
plan Housing Needs Survey
Village of the Year Village of the Year 2009
ecg First responders

Links to other sites

Artisan-food in Cumbria

Crosthwaite School

Crosthwaite Playgroup

Brigsteer Village Hall

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



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.

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.


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News and Events

(click on the underlined text to go to the article, website or e-mail address)


Crosthwaite Post Offices Opening Times

Punch Bowl Inn, Crosthwaite

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9.30am to 12.30am

Hare and Hounds at Bowland Bridge

Tuesdays and Thursdays 1.30pm to 4.00pm


Crosthwaite Show 2019

You can see an announcement concerning the cancellation of the September 2019 Show here.

together with the idea for a replacement Show next year.

A590 drop in session

Click here to see a background document concerning the Drop In meeting at the Gilpin Bridge Inn on 27th June 2019 with information provided by Jonathan Reade of Highways England.

Neighbourhood Plan Presentation

You can see Simon Johnson's Neighbourhood Plan presentation to the Annual Parish Meeting on the 21st May 2019 here.

The Crosthwaite and Lyth website is having a makeover

Since many more people use their mobile phones and tablets to browse the internet, the Crosthwaite & Lyth website has been modernised to be "responsive" to every possible screen size from smart phones to large desktop monitors. The coding has also been updated to the latest HTML5 and CSS3 standards.

There is now much behind-the-scenes coding which will greatly simplify the on-going maintenance tasks for the webmasters.

For a preview, visit

The presentation given to the Annual Parish Meeting on the 21st May 2019 may be seen here.

Note that legacy Microsoft Internet Explorer browsers (IE9 and earlier) do not render modern web pages correctly. If you are in the 1% of people still with an old browser, you will need to install a modern browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera etc.

We welcome your comments and suggestions, which may be emailed to

Crosthwaite Community News

picture - Anne Douglas

Click HERE to read the latest Crosthwaite News and events
presented by Anne Douglas.

Sixties Night - POSTPONED

The Village Hall Committee have decided to POSTPONE the planned 60s Night, which was scheduled for Saturday 22nd June.

This is mainly due to the date clash with the popular Duck Day event.

Any tickets purchased will be refunded, but it is hoped that the 60s Night will take place later in the year.

Notice of Temporary Road Closure

A temporary road closure will be put in place to allow T&K Gallagher to carry out new connection works.

This will come into operation from 28th June 2019 and is expected to remain in place for an approximate duration of 3 days.

Location: The C5048 Totter Bank, Crosthwaite from a point approximately 415m north east of its junction with the A5074, extending in a north easterly direction for approximately 50m.

Alternative Route: A suitable alternative route for vehicles will be signed and available via the unrestricted sections of the C5048 Totter Bank, A5074 Hyning Brow and the C5047.

A way for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will be maintained.

Click HERE for a map of the suggested diversion route

Landowners of Crosthwaite & Lyth Summer Walk
Butterflies and other wildlife on Township Plantation

Saturday 29th June

Meet at 1.30pm at the Millstone, The Howe


The Trustees of the Landowners of Crosthwaite and Lyth are delighted to have Rob Petley-Jones leading a walk for us this year.

Rob has managed some of the best wildlife sites in south Cumbria for many years and has been recognised by Butterfly Conservation for his work on conserving butterflies and moths. He has led several very successful walks for us in the past. He will concentrate on butterflies on Township Plantation but our attention will be drawn to other wildlife that we see during the walk.

The pace will be leisurely but paths can be rough and muddy (even in summer) so please come prepared.

All are welcome including well-behaved dogs on short leads.

For more information please ring Tony Marshall on 015395 68304

Curlew Country South Cumbria


Click HERE to go to more information about this new group and to download their recent newsletter

Mill Fields Wildlife Project and Conservation Orchard


Click HERE to see more information and to download the newsletter


Click HERE for Guidance on Reporting a Fault on the Highway

Memorial Hall

Click here to see what's going on and when it is available.

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

events diary

Click here to see Hire Charges applicable from 1st April 2019

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 or
if you have any 'advance notices' you would like to include here please
e-mail(Charles W or Colin E).

Parish Council

Parish Council

Click HERE to go to the main Parish Council page

Click HERE for the Agenda for the next Parish Council meeting
Click HERE for the draft latest Parish Council minutes
Click HERE for the latest Parish Council annual meeting minutes (2019)
Click HERE for approved Parish Council minutes.

Click BELOW for :

Letter to LDNPA re Cross Howe planning application
BDO Audit 2016-2017
Cash Book 2018-19
Income/Expenditure 2018-19

Exercise of Public Rights


Martin french
Clerk to Crosthwaite & Lyth Parish Council.

Note - the PC meetings are now generally held on the 1st Tuesday in each month.

Click HERE for the 2019 WI programme.


history Soc

Cartmel Fell and District Local History Society


Click here for our 2019 Programme


Our meetings are on the second Monday of the month, from September to April,
with two outings or walks in May and June.


Two Valleys Church Services

Click HERE for this month's Church Services.


Two Valleys Parish News

Click here for the latest TVPN
- or here for previous issues.

South Cumbria Rivers Trust

Rivers TRust

We have started the first year of a 4 year project to assess the current status of the Winster and Gilpin catchments, identify opportunities to enhance and restore areas and where appropriate to implement restoration/remediation options to allow for recovery. This will all be closely linked with the community, working with landowners to identify opportunities, working with communities to undertake monitoring and develop options and running a number of events for schools, children and adults alike to get involved with the world of rivers. To find out more please go to the webpage:

Helsington Community Land Trust

Affordable homes in Helsington/Brigsteer and neighbouring parishes

Click here for more information.

Click here for a "register of interest" form.

Rural Wheels

Rural Wheels provides door-to-door transport for people who do not have, or are unable to access scheduled transport. The service can be used for a variety of purposes including: 

  • Making connections with buses or trains 
  • Doctor, Dentist or Optician appointments     
  • Visiting friends or family in hospital
  • Shopping
  • Visiting friends or family

For more information click HERE to go to the CCC Rural Wheels and Community Wheels web page.

Community Wheels

Lakes and Lyth Community Wheels started on Wednesday 18 September 2016 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


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.

The Exchange

Click HERE to go to the Exchange web page.

Exchange video

Click HERE to view a video that Cumbria Action made at the Exchange.

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!!


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 MBE, 015395 68599, 07876 560053 or

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