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TVPN for July revised
Saturday, 4th July 2020, 16:34:09

Page 2 of the latest edition has been revised to include details of resuming church services in the valleys.

Parish Council agenda
Saturday, 4th July 2020, 11:38:13

Parish Council - Agenda for the 7th July 2020.

More walks from Crosthwaite Green
Friday, 3rd July 2020, 10:00:04

There are now eleven walks of varying length created by Martin Douglas.

Crosthwaite Weather Report
Wednesday, 1st July 2020, 07:44:50

Crosthwaite Weather Report for June 2020.

Latest Diocese News
Friday, 26th June 2020, 14:14:39

Carlisle Diocese News.

Walks from Crosthwaite Green
Sunday, 21st June 2020, 10:22:52

Martin Douglas has created six wonderful walks starting and finishing at Crosthwaite Green.

July TVPN – Print version
Thursday, 18th June 2020, 16:50:42

To produce a printed booklet download this version, print on 2 sides, landscape, flip short-edge.

Latest Two Valleys Parish News
Thursday, 18th June 2020, 16:33:07

Two Valleys Parish News for July 2020.

South Lakeland News
Thursday, 18th June 2020, 14:30:52

Read issue 7 of the South Lakeland News here.

June Location Quiz Winner
Tuesday, 16th June 2020, 13:49:01

Roger Smith wins the June Location Quiz

Parish Council draft minutes
Wednesday, 10th June 2020, 15:02:17

Parish Council - draft minutes for the 9th June 2020.

Parish Council approved minutes
Wednesday, 10th June 2020, 15:01:47

Parish Council - approved minutes for the 2nd  June 2020.

Churches Together
Sunday, 7th June 2020, 09:42:55

Churches together in Cumbria.

A5074 closure
Saturday, 6th June 2020, 16:26:05

A section of the A5074 The Howe (Lyth Valley Road) will be temporarily closed for overnight resurfacing works between...

Neighbourhood Plan minutes
Friday, 29th May 2020, 11:35:02

Neighbourhood Plan - minutes for the 11th February 2020.

Historical rainfall records
Friday, 22nd May 2020, 11:05:16

See historical rainfall records going back to 1869 here.

Co-Option of Councillor
Wednesday, 20th May 2020, 09:00:10

Applications are now invited for the position of councillor. (two) on Crosthwaite and Lyth Parish Council. Anyone...

June TVPN - print version
Sunday, 17th May 2020, 16:36:47

If you would prefer the magazine as a printed booklet and can print on 2 sides, click the image, and print "landscape,...

June Location Quiz
Saturday, 16th May 2020, 14:14:10

Please identify these locations and tell us more about them. There is a prize to be won!

Anne Douglas's blog
Friday, 15th May 2020, 12:28:38

Anne Douglas's Westmorland Gazette blog for 21st May 2020.

Parish Council
Thursday, 7th May 2020, 17:09:17

Parish Council May Newsletter.

Parish Council draft AGM minutes
Thursday, 7th May 2020, 09:43:14

Parish Council - draft AGM minutes for the 5th May 2020.

Brown Horse Pop-up shop
Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 17:06:58

The Brown Horse is opening a pop-up shop - follow link to see details. Also, fish & chips will be available on...

Morris Dancing in Crosthwaite
Sunday, 3rd May 2020, 10:59:48

See Michael and Michelle Morris dancing in Crosthwaite

Parish Council AGM agenda
Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 12:29:21

Parish Council - AGM Agenda for the 5th May 2020.

Crosthwaite Traffic Management Improvements
Monday, 27th April 2020, 15:31:37

The Parish Council wishes to receive the views of parishioners on proposals to reduce speed limits and improve road...

Crosthwaite Village Path Project
Monday, 27th April 2020, 15:24:22

The Parish Council seeks the views of residents on the project to create a new off-road path to link parts of the...

Parish Council Vacancies
Sunday, 26th April 2020, 15:49:53

There are two vacancies on the Crosthwaite and Lyth Parish Council. Click for the relevant notice.

Tim Farron MP Surgeries
Monday, 20th April 2020, 17:51:06

A poster showing the dates and instructions for Tim's advice surgeries during April and May 2020

May TVPN - print version
Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 11:25:47

If you would prefer a hardcopy of the TVPN, click the image, and print "landscape, two-sided, flip on short edge".

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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