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The Church of the Holy Spirit, Distington - geograph.org.uk - 475406.jpg
The Church of the Holy Spirit, Distington
Distington is located in Cumbria
 Distington shown within Cumbria
Population 2,256 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference NY0023
Civil parish Distington
District Copeland
Shire county Cumbria
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district CA14
Dialling code 01946
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Copeland
List of places

Coordinates: 54°36′N 3°32′W / 54.60°N 3.54°W / 54.60; -3.54

Distington (/ˈdɪzɪŋtən/) is a large village and civil parish in Cumbria, England, 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Workington and 4 miles (6.4 km) north-northeast of Whitehaven. Historically a part of Cumberland, the civil parish includes the nearby settlements of Common End, Gilgarran and Pica.

The population of the civil parish was recorded as 2,247 in the 2001 Census.[2]

The village has a co-op, a school and a garage.

South of the village by the Lowca Beck are the fragmentary remains of Hayes Castle, a manor house fortified by Robert de Leyburn in 1322.


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward stretches beyond the confines of Distington parish with at total population taken at the Census 2011 of 4,058.[3]


Railway Junction Diagram showing the complex network which existed in the Workington area and the importance of Distington

The main road through Distington is the A595. There was once a railway station at Distington on the Cleator and Workington Junction Railway which was an important junction.

Today Harrington railway station, on the Cumbria Coast Line, is the nearest operational station.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Distington CP (Parish): Parish Headcounts. neighbourhood.gov.uk. Office for National Statistics
  3. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 15 June 2015.