"Thorir's Hillside or Hill-Pasture"
from the Old Norse personal name 'Thorir',
 and the Old English  'sîde' meaning a side/long hill slope
or the old English 
' meaning a dwelling/camp/place for animals/stable/fold

Ref: Key to English Place-names - University of Nottingham

Tosside is a village that lies on the edge of the Forest of Bowland, straddling the Yorkshire/Lancashire border.
It is located 8½ miles south-west of Settle and has a population of approximately 150.

Tosside is the 'highest' village in the Settle area being 870ft (270m) above sea level.

An alternative theory on the origin of the Tosside name is that It can be traced back to two old Scandinavian words
- 'Tod' meaning fox and 'Saetr' meaning a high summer pasture. The name gradually changed to Toddsett,
then Tossett and ultimately to Tosside. This fact is recognised to this day with the symbol of the fox
being present on the top of the small water fountain at the centre of the village.

The village has a Holiday Park (Bowland Fell) which includes an Inn, and a thriving Community Centre.

There are 25 listed buildings within the parish.


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In and Around Tosside

Bowland Fell - Holiday Park with Lodges, Caravans, Apartments
Bowland Fell is a quiet holiday park in a stunning countryside setting. On-park there’s something for everyone including the 17th century Crowtrees Inn, restaurant, heated indoor pool, farm shop ...
Peaks and Pods -  Luxury Camping Pods
Get cosy in a well-equipped cedar-clad pod, with ensuite facilities or private bathroom. Relax in your own private outdoor space with fire bowl for cooking and gathering round. You can even enjoy a  ....
Forest of Bowland - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The Forest of Bowland - an area of outstanding natural beauty - lies very close to the Settle area and is a fantastic place to explore. Bowland is essentially upland country forming  ...
Stocks Reservoir
Stocks Reservoir lies within the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Beauty and covers an area the size of 500 football pitches. The reservoir is an important site for wildfowl .....
Gisburn Forest
Wilderness and relaxation go hand in hand at Gisburn Forest. Enjoy fantastic cycling and walking in the heart of the stunning Forest of Bowland.
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