Wythburn Church

At the southern end of Thirlmere reservoir, in the shadows of Helvellyn stands picturesque Wythburn church and a solitary group of houses, all that now remain of the submerged village.

About this church

Wythburn’s lonely position attracted the attention of the Romantic poets including Coleridge and Wordsworth, the latter describing it as 'Wythburn’s modest house of prayer'. It was formerly the spiritual centre of a small farming community, destroyed with the creation in 1894 of Thirlmere reservoir.

At the west end are two simple but good windows depicting Celtic saints, St Cuthbert, and St Herbert, who both lived in the 7th century. St Herbert was the Lakeland saint who brought Christianity to the region, and lived on an island on Derwentwater.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven

Visitors information

  • Parking within 250m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

Other nearby churches


St Oswald

This church is well known because of its associations with the great Romantic poet William Wordsworth, who lived in nearby Dove Cottage and is buried in the churchyard.

Holy Trinity

Nestling in the heart of the Langdale Valley, Holy Trinity is a fine example of a country Lakeland church and is home to the much admired Millennium Tapestry depicting the history of Langdale.


St Mary

Visible from miles around that spire of St Mary’s nestles into the beautiful landscape of the Heart of the English Lake District.

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