Thorney How Independent Hostel
Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, Grasmere is the ideal place from which to access all of the delights on offer in the Lakes. You’re spoilt for choice for walks amongst the fells. From the village you can start an ascent of the popular route up Helm Crag — known locally as The Lion and the Lamb, due to the shape of rock formations on the summit — to the Northwest, or take a longer trek up onto Fairfield to the East.
And due to it’s central location, Grasmere gives you access to a whole host of popular walks — from low-level hikes around the Cumbria’s stunning lakes, to some of the most stunning mountain routes in the UK.
For details of many other walks in the Lake District try Happy Hiker – a walkers website with free simple to follow directions and GPS downloads.
Grasmere is also on the route of Alfred Wainwright’s popular Coast to Coast walk, and one of the alternative Coast to Coast mountain bike routes also passes through the village.
Thorney How offers B&B and Bunkhouse type guest accommodation. Rated as a 4 star Hostel in Grasmere, Lake District. Previously YHA, now an independent hostel. The very first Grasmere Hostel since 1932.
Warning all access routes are via narrow single track lanes – not suitable for coaches.
Warning treat SatNav directions with caution always confirm with a map
Thorney How is best accessed via Easedale Road in Grasmere.
Traveling North (from the South)
Approximately 4 miles after Ambleside traveling north on the A591 and approaching Grasmere go past the roundabout junction near to the Wordsworth Trust signposted Grasmere Village. Instead take the next left hand turn 1/2 mile further on also signposted Grasmere Village and opposite to The Swan Hotel.
This is Swan Lane (B5287) leading to Broadgate. Follow this into the village for 1/2 mile – Easedale Road is immediately on the right as you reach the village green having just passed the Coop Store (on left) and a bus stop (on right).
Follow directions as for on foot below via Easadale Road.
If you pass the side track entrance to Thorney How you will reach a farm and eventually come back to the A591.
Traveling south (from the North)
Warning as of February 2018 this route is in vary bad condition with numerous large potholes.
Descending the A591 from Keswick and approaching Grasmere – shortly after the first 40 mph sign take a right hand turn on a sharp bend opposite a post box, this is unsignposted leading to a single track lane. Follow this to a small bridge. Take the left hand fork after the bridge onto another narrow lane with limited passing places for approximately ½ mile. After passing a farm on the right the road twists and drops down hill. A right hand turn leads to an unmade track leading uphill for about 50yds you have arrived at Thorney How.
Alternatively take the next right hand turn opposite the Swan Hotel signposted Grasmere village and follow directions as for traveling north (from the South) above.
(0.7 MILES FROM GRASMERE VILLAGE)
From the bus stop in Grasmere centre follow Easedale Road leading north from the village green for 1/4 mile – you will go past Grasmere YHA, several small groups of houses and over a small bridge (Goody Bridge).
At a junction Thorney How Hostel is signposted (small brown sign) right 400yds.
Follow the narrow winding and rising lane (Some maps shows this as Helm Close – no signage on road) past a group of houses and woodland. Thorney How is then on your left – via an unmade rough track that leads uphill for about 50yds.