Crosthwaite Church, standing at the head of the Lyth Valley
The Gilpin travels through Crosthwaite and joins a series of dykes and drains that criss-cross the floor of the Lyth Valley
Each year Damson Day is celebrated upon Low Farm in the heart of the Valley. Originally a small local event to celebrate the damson and all its produce, it has now become a popular occasion, drawing in visitors from all over the country.
Chickens in a damson orchard
Of course, it is not only the damson that blossoms in Spring: all along the river flowers bloom and trees come into bud.
The village green at Crosthwaite. Here the road divides, one part following the River Gilpin, the other heading towards the village of Winster.
Crosthwaite is a long village of scattered houses and farmsteads. School, pub and church all lie at intervals along the ground that rises gently above the valley. Farms stand within the rolling green fields, connected by lanes and narrow tracks. Only around the tiny village green do the houses cluster together in a cosy mix of shared walls and interlocking gardens.
Daffodils sweep down through the graveyard towards the church
An old cottage with a large outshut. The term outshut is typically a north country term and refers to an extension with a sloping roof at the back of the cottage.
North Cottage in the middle of the village - two cottages snugged up together.
On the lane leading up the Gilpin valley.
For most of the year the damson is an inconspicuous twiggy tree of middling height. Yet, in April the buds break and the Lyth Valley is transformed with clouds of white effervescent blossom that appears around the farmsteads and in almost every hedgerow.
The stone footbridge across the Gilpin at Crosthwaite
The Gilpin is a modest stream that passes through some delightful countryside. In its upper reaches it passes through fellside and fields before meandering across the water meadows of the Lyth Valley.
View across the Lyth Valley
Bluebells along a bridleway in the Gilpin Valley
Thorneyfields at the end of the bridleway
Interesting fact - the damson is so called because it is believed to have originated in the area around Damascus. Theories on how it got to Britain vary: it may have been brought back by the Crusaders or, even earlier, found its way here with the Romans.
Wood anenomes grow in great clumps along the course of the Gilpin
Spring lambs. These are not Herdwicks. They are Rough Fells, another tough mountain breed popular in the Lakes. Their long, silky fleeces make them quite distinctive.
And finally, Crosthwaite in the distance. This view is from the top of Strawberry Hill, looking across the Winster Valley, which cuts across the head of the Lyth Valley. Crosthwaite is the collection of tiny white cottages just visible in the far distance.
Why not take a closer look at our
where we model the same cottage
across the centuries?
Hereward takes a spring-time ramble around the pretty village of Crosthwaite. This was the village that inspired the first range of Herdwick Landscapes’ cottages