Bolton is an old settlement on a low ridge above the river Eden, with ribbon development from the crossroads in the centre of the village. A nucleus of indigenous families is occupied in farming and pursuits mainly related to the countryside.
Primary, Nursery and Playgroup provision is available. The Primary school is full and children from other villages attend both this and the Nursery. Older children go by bus to secondary schools in Appleby and Penrith.
A Youth Club was formed in 2008 by two village parents.
The village population stands at 420, having increased during the last few years with the building of approximately forty-five new houses.
There is a well used Memorial Hall in the centre of the village. This is the setting for The Bolton Exchange – a weekly community event, run by volunteers, which acts as a meeting place offering the opportunity to socialise, exchange information, and buy and sell local produce and crafts. An offshoot of this is a Luncheon Club held fortnightly at the village pub, the The New Crown Inn. The hall is also used by groups such as the badminton club, youth club, line dancing class and W.I. as well as being the venue for various social gatherings such as group fund- raising events.
People moving into Bolton are given a local directory which lists details of local tradesmen and organisations in the village.