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Proud to be part of Lake District World Heritage Site

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Karen Babayan

C-Art 2017 - Art Exhibition

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2017/18 New Year

En-suite rooms with Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

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New En-suite Rooms

All 7 Main House rooms now en-suite.

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From £19 per bed

Grasmere Bunk House - 4 Person Rooms

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News: Visit England 4 Star Rated

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.

"Great food, fresh beer and a comfy bed after a day of hiking in the fells. What more could you need? ..."

Guest Review Quote - October 2017 (Stayed in Twin En-suite room.)


Thorney How

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“Just Bring the Get Up and Go”

4 star Hostel rating by Visit England.

Guest accommodation in Grasmere, the heart of the Lake District. Offering en-suite B&B including double, twin or family rooms, plus Bunkhouse style accommodation. Ideal for all sorts of group activities, team building, educational visits, adventure activities, and celebrations.

Private parking, secure cycle store, drying room, licensed bar, free wifi, mountain bike hire, electric car charging points, film nights, outdoor seating and spacious and peaceful grounds — everything you need for a comfortable stay perfect for Group Accommodation. NO DOGS.

Our excellent

Food & Drink

Staying with us, or drop in for a bite to eat, we offer an distinctive menu of simple, wholesome, freshly prepared food, or a quiet pint of local ale.

Main evening menu 6.30pm – 7.30pm. Drinks and snacks from 3.30pm. Bar open util 11pm.

Please order meals before 6.30pm All food is subject to availability.

Enjoy locally sourced food prepared in house from breakfast, to lunch and evening meals, – plus a range of snacks, hot drinks, soft drinks, beers, cider, wines and spirits.

Please call to ask about special group menus, or our corporate special deals.

5 Star Food Hygeine Rating

The perfect


Located in Grasmere, the heart of the English Lake District, World Heritage Site. Wordsworth’s ‘the loveliest spot that man hath ever found’.

Situated under Helm Crag – the perfect place from which to explore everything Lakeland has to offer.

Come and experience the tranquil Lake District setting with easy access to magnificent scenery, mountain walks, cycling and the cultural centre of Grasmere. Perfectly sited for group excursions and Coast to Coast walkers. Thorney How is adjacent to Coast to Coast path.

Grasmere village is just 1/2 mile, or 15 minutes walking distance. You will find shops, restaurants, pubs and things to do for all ages and interests. Why not try a visit to Wordsworth’s home at Dove Cottage.

Windermere is the nearest railway station, at 12 miles, with good bus links. Bus services leave from the centre of Grasmere.

Take a bike out to explore quiet back roads. Bike Hire available on site!



Clean, comfortable, and simple B&B holiday and backpacking accommodation in the heart of the Lake District.

Now available with double, twin and family en-suites.

“An ideal mix of the charm of the old buildings and the functionality of the modern facilities.”

“The facilities were excellent. Staff were super friendly and the meals were perfect after a long day of walking!”

Flexible accommodation can cater for individual bookings, couples, family rooms, small groups and large groups. For all large group bookings and sole use inquiries please call.

Thorney How guest accommodation and bunkhouse is privately owned and managed by Taylor and Carolyn Nuttall since 2011.