Colton Parish Council

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Colton Parish is an area of some 20 sq miles between Windermere and Coniston Water in the southern part of the Lake District. There is no main settlement in the Parish - it is a collection of small villages, hamlets and farms across 3 valleys: Coniston Water and the Crake Valley in the west, the Rusland Valley in the middle and Windermere and the Leven Valley to the east. Click on the thumbnail image, left, for a map.  The photograph above (copyright, Teresa Morris) is taken from Rusland Heights (just west of High Dam) looking over the Rusland Valley to Bethecar Moor, Grizedale and the Coniston Fells in the background.

See also the  Rusland Valley Community Website  for local information.


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Headings in Orange represent changes made in the last fortnight.       Last website update: 6th July

For information about parish councils and their role in the community, go to the 'Cumbria Association of Local Councils' webpage:

Latest Information :

  • Lake District National Park - consultation for Parish Council  on proposed new Rights of Way, Rusland:

    - Border Moss, Rusland: Dedication of permissive path to Public Footpath (Crooks Bridge to Rusland beeches road). See details and map.

    - Stony Hazel woods, nr Rusland Church: Proposed Bridleway (horse-riders and cyclists) from south gateway through woods to Force Mills. See details and map.

    If you would like to comment, please contact the Clerk on before 13th July. Please include your name and address. These proposals will be  discussed at our 20th July meeting.

  • Colton Community Plan
    Text-only version 2.03.15  (annexes to be completed). Please note: the final Plan will be constructed as an on-line document with optional PDF downloads.

The 'Connecting Cumbria' project is rolling out across Cumbria. Colton Parish is expected to get 70% of properties connected to Superfast Broadband (24+Mbps). We may get more properties connected if they are registered business addresses.  To help with this, the Parish Council is developing a business register (see link below). This alphabetical list of business names started life from publicly available information on the internet and shows businesses that are said to be based in Colton Parish. If you would like to add details of your business (e.g. by giving contact information, type of services etc) so that they can be seen by local residents, then please send these details to the Clerk at If you would like the name of your business removed from the list, please contact the Clerk. For the latest information on the Broadband Campaign, go to  Mike Postle's blog at

Colton Business Register (PDF)


If you need further information, please email the Clerk, Mandy Lane.





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