The village of Crosthwaite

(Last update - February 17, 2018 )

Welcome to the Parish of
Crosthwaite and Lyth

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Wha's Wha.

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Two Valleys Churches
Two Valleys Links
The Exchange
Two Valleys Parish News

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Memorial Hall bookings
Snooker Club &
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
The People and 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



Parish Plan
Housing Needs Survey
Village of the Year 2009
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



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 1.30pm to 4.00pm



Advance Notices



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:

Parish Room

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Popular Pages

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Superfast Broadband in Crosthwaite

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If you have any comments, corrections, amendments or additions to this web site or
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The Life and Family of Louise Mary Holme


A Living Memory project
for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
to mark the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme
by members of Crosthwaite and Lyth WI

Remembering Louise M Holme O.B.E.
Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps

Click here to read about the project
undertaken by the Crosthwaite WI in 2016
(opens in a new page)


Walter Duncan Park - A Family History

The Park Family

The Landowners of Crosthwaite and Lyth
Charity Registration No 1073467

The Annual General Meeting took take place at Crosthwaite School, on Wednesday 7th February 2018.

The AGM minutes (draft) and accounts for 2017 are available HERE

Martin Casson


Cartmel Fell and District Local History Society


Click here for our 2017/18 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.

Parish Council


Click HERE to go to the main Parish Council page
Click HERE for the most recent Parish Council Meeting Agenda.
Click HERE for the draft latest Parish Council mintutes

and HERE for approved Parish Council minutes.

Click HERE for the BDO Audit 2016-2017

Martin french
Clerk to Crosthwaite & Lyth Parish Council.

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

South Cumbria 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.

Crosthwaite and Lyth W.I.

Click HERE for the 2018 WI programme.

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.

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!!


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



Crosthwaite Update

Have you checked if you have access to Ultrafast Broadband?

Roll out of fibre broadband is now in full swing across Cumbria and has arrived in Crosthwaite, Grigghall and surrounding the area.

The Connecting Cumbria project to build a fibre network around the county is ahead of schedule. The multi-million pound project will run until 2018 and more than 128,000 business and home premises can now benefit from the superfast technology since the first connections were made in October 2013. Including commercial rollout, over 90% of premises in Cumbria now have access to fibre broadband. Nearly 500 homes and businesses around Crosthwaite can upgrade to Ultrafast broadband (up to 300mbs), with more to come in 2017.

How to benefit from Broadband

Using the internet delivers great benefits to everyone; getting better deals, saving money, gaining new skills and qualifications, finding a better job, more support at home, keeping in touch with family and friends as well as access to new services and support from GP’s, the NHS, local and national government.
The financial benefits of using the internet can range from around £1000 per year for a new user to £3500 for an advanced user who is able to access the best deals and offers online or learn a whole new skill via a free online course. That’s worth around £500k per year (every year) to people in the area.

For business, superfast delivers access to new technology and solutions that can help a business reduce costs, deliver better service and help to differentiate your business as well as offering new revenues and opportunities. For hotels, B&B’s and holiday lets there are new services that your customers now expect.

Find out more at or watch out for posters and cards with details of the workshop


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