Bothel is a small village with 318 residents eligible to vote and 155 houses situated just off the main A595 road, 18 miles from Carlisle and 7 miles from Cockermouth. The village is in the civil parish of Bothel and Threapland just outside the boundary of the Lake District National Park.
Bothel has a history dating back to Roman Times and has the Roman Fort of Caermot close by.
Bothel has stunning views of the Solway Firth, which in medieval time allowed watchers to sight any enemy ships approaching. In clear weather the Scottish coast is clearly visible.
A gruesome village tale is that the Bothel Beck turned red when Charles the first was beheaded.
The village has a school, a village hall and also a pub The Greyhound.
The Parish Council has recently improved the 3 bus shelters and provided a new notice board using money from the Community Fund. There is a thriving Gardening Club that has helped the village win numerous awards over the past few years. In the near future the Village Hall is to be rebuilt using a Lottery Grant and money from the Community Fund.