OS Grid ref:- SD 446912
The village of Crosthwaite lies on the north side of the damson growing area of the Lyth Valley.
The name derives from an old preaching cross on the site, the village consists of scattered farms and cottages. The present cross on the site is made from a single piece of Limestone from nearby Whitbarrow Scar. It was placed there to commemorate the Millennium.
The original cross, which probably erected by monks in the 7th Century, has long ago disappeared. The village church stands nearby, adjacent to the Punch Bowl, a seventeenth century pub which was formerly a coaching inn and boasts original beams and roaring fires in the winter months. The inn provides excellent food and a friendly service.
The church of St. Mary's in the village, which stands adjacent to the pub, is built in the perpendicular style and dates from 1878.