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: 1st September

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

Latest Information :

  • AGENDA for parish Council meeting Monday 7th September, Finsthwaite Village Hall, 7pm.
  • Draft Minutes of Parish Council Meeting 20th July.
  • Closure of Mobile Library Service in South Lakeland.
    County say "
    Sadly, the Council has now been informed that the mobile library van's mechanical problems are beyond repair, so the difficult decision has had to be taken to withdraw the mobile service on a permanent basis. After the Bank Holiday we will be calling the regular Mobile Library van users individually, in order to offer and signpost them to alternative options which are available. "
  • Broadband Deserts?: Disappointing update from Connecting Cumbria - see Mike Postle's latest blog post (6th August) at: Mike will be speaking at the Parish Council meeting on Monday 7th Sept, Finsthwaite Village Hall, 7pm.
  • Hawkshead Surgery: possible merger with Ambleside practice. Click here to read proposal.
    Meeting on the 16th Sept, 7.30pm in the Hawkshead Market Hall.
  • Colton Community Plan - Final draft July 2015  (pending Annex B: Action Plan - to be decided at 3rd August Parish Council meeting, Bouth Village Hall, 7pm. All welcome.)

Please note: the final Plan will be constructed as an on-line document with optional PDF downloads.

  • July 2015 Road re-surfacing C5022 Penny Bridge to Force Mills update: A second sweep of the road will be done during the first week of August - then the signs will be removed before the Rusland Show.

Fuel Purchasing Groups in Colton - click on the following links for information:

  • Family Volunteering Days with the Forestry Commission this summer (click on thumbnail below):



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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