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Lothersdale from the Pennine Way
Lothersdale from the Pennine Way
Lothersdale is located in North Yorkshire
Lothersdale shown within North Yorkshire
Population 518 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid reference SD960460
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town KEIGHLEY
Postcode district BD20
Dialling code 01535
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
53°54′36″N 2°03′40″W / 53.910°N 2.061°W / 53.910; -2.061Coordinates: 53°54′36″N 2°03′40″W / 53.910°N 2.061°W / 53.910; -2.061

Lothersdale is a small village and civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England.[2] Situated near Skipton and located within the triangle formed by Skipton, Cross Hills and Colne. It is a small community of about 200 houses but local amenities include a park, church, chapel, pub, village hall, Clubhouse and (Ofsted 'Outstanding') primary school. The Pennine Way runs through it.

The Parish Council has five elected members and meets on the second Thursday of each month (except for August) at 7.30 p.m. It decides on the amount of local taxes (the precept), planning applications, and numerous other issues pertaining to local life.[3]

No house in the village is connected to mains gas or water and it has very limited mobile and broadband connection. This has had the effect of limiting the amount of development that has taken place and gives the village an unspoilt atmosphere. It has also caused conflict for more than 25 years over the ownership rights of water from various springs.

The village boasts a Recreation Ground which includes woodland walks, the village beck, bird-hide, picnic areas, a football pitch, a Multi Use Games Area and a brand new childrens' playground.

The village pub is the Hare and Hounds. It serves hot food and real ales. The village hall is a popular venue for parties, concerts, dances, whist drives and other social events. In recent years the village has held an annual 'Party in the Park' in the recreation ground. On the site of a former lime and baryte quarry, is Raygill Lakes. It was the first site studied by the Yorkshire Geological Society in 1875. Mammalian and Marine fossils were discovered here.

Raygill, Lothersdale

Good rail connections (two miles away in Cononley) to Leeds, Bradford and London, about three hours by rail from Skipton. Access to Manchester is via the M65 motorway at Colne.


  1. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Lothersdale Parish (1170216771)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 103 Blackburn & Burnley (Clitheroe & Skipton) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2009. ISBN 9780319231548.
  3. ^ "Lothersdale Parish Council". www.lothersdaleparishcouncil.co.uk. Retrieved 14 April 2016.

Further reading[edit]

  • The History of Lothersdale; by Kenneth Wilson and associated writers. [Lothersdale]: Lothersdale Parish Council, 1972 (includes: Chapter 9: The Society of Friends; Arthur Raistrick)

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