Distington (silent ‘t’) is a large village in West Cumbria 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Workington and 4 miles (6.4 km) north-northeast of Whitehaven. Distington is also the name of a Civil Parish covering Distington village and also the nearby settlements at Gilgarran and Pica. Historically a part of Cumberland the area now comes under the jurisdiction of Copeland Borough Council. The population of the civil parish was recorded as 2,247 in the 2001 Census 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.
There is a good sense of community in the area with a good number of community groups operating in the village (link to our village page) there is an active parish Council which usually meets on the first Monday of each month.
Distington Big Local Ltd is a community development organisation which was formed in 2014 and seeks to ‘help make Distington and even better place to live’