Askam and Ireleth is in an idyllic location on the Southern shore of the outstanding Duddon Estuary and boasts panoramic views of the nearby Lake District fells, Black Combe and westward out to the Irish Sea.
The shoreline carries the highest possible wildlife and countryside conservation protection and is a fantastic amenity for walking, fishing and golf. Ireleth is the older and smaller of the two villages, mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086). Askam was developed rapidly in the mid 19th century due to the discovery of high grade iron ore close by. The iron works have long gone leaving a legacy of a grand Paley & Austin Grade II listed railway station which seems much larger than the population of the village merit. Askam has its’ own lifeboat station, Duddon Inshore Rescue and a fountain commemorating Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Parish Council was established in 1987 and has 8 elected members and a Clerk. It aims to work for and with the community to benefit and enhance the village for residents and visitors. The Parish Council is a member of the Cumbria Association of Local Councils and receive guidance and training from them.

The Parish Council meet on the 3rdTuesday of the month (except August) at 7.15 pm alternating between the Rankin Hall, Askam and the Temperance Hall, Ireleth. Members of the public are most welcome to attend these meetings. Elected members from the Borough Council, Community Police and our Rural Projects Officer attend these meetings.