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Thorney How (via Easedale Road and Helm Close) Grasmere Ambleside Cumbria LA22 9QW


01539 435 597



Thorney How

Thorney How (via Easedale Road and Helm Close) Grasmere Ambleside Cumbria LA22 9QW

Phone: 01539 435 597





International Geocode Data

54° 28’ 014” N / 3° 01’ 925” W


UK OS Maps Grid Reference

Grid ref: 332084


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From the bus stop in Grasmere centre follow Easedale Road leading north from the village green for 1/4 mile – you will go past Butharlyp How 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.


You Have Arrived At Thorney How

Our main front door is always unlocked 7am to 11pm. If the door is closed and you think the door is locked – just push a bit harder. Our inner (second) door may also be closed and is locked 10am to 3.30pm there is a bell in the entrance porch that you can ring.

Check in is from 3.30pm, you may leave your luggage with us earlier but all of our other facilities will not be available as the hostel is closed from 10.30am until after 3.30pm


By Train

The nearest local train service is Windermere, with the nearest national line station at Oxenholme Lake District with good links North and South. There are some through trains from Manchester to Windermere, but mostly you will need to change trains at Oxenholme station.

National Rail Enquiries www.nationalrail.co.uk 0845 748 4950

For Taxi Hire – try: Amber Taxis 015394 42000 Ambleside Taxis 015394 33842 Grasmere Taxis 015394 35506 Keswick Minibuses 017687 72701 Lakeside Private Hire (Windermere) 015394 88888 Suzi’s Taxis (Keswick) 017687 36007 Windermere Taxis 015394 44144

Pricing for taxis from either Keswick or Windermere Station to Thorney How will be approx. £25-£35 additional charges may apply after 11pm. If you require a larger taxi (more than 3-4 persons) you should phone in advance to book


By Bus

Grasmere has a regular bus service North and South. The bus stop is in the centre of Grasmere village 1/2 mile or 15 mins walk. See above for walking route.

The service is roughly 1/2 hourly week days plus hourly at weekends and public holidays.

(Warning evening bus services are limited after 6pm, early in the morning and also on Sundays / Bank Holidays)

555 / 556 South to Ambleside, Windermere, Kendal, Lancaster

555 / 556 North to Keswick (then 554 to Carlisle)

Download a timetable here – 4th April – 2nd Nov 2014

For other Bus Timetables call Traveline on 0871 2002233 www.traveline.org.uk


National Express

Please note that National Express coaches do not come into Grasmere village itself. You will have a much longer walk from their usual pick up and drop off point outside the Daffodil Hotel (more than 1 mile). If you are planning to travel using the National Express, please be aware that this may entail either a late arrival or a very early start. You might be better advised to stay in nearby Ambleside and just travel the 4 miles to Grasmere for a day visit if you do not plan to be here long.


By Road

(Warning all access routes are via narrow lanes – not suitable for coaches)

(Warning do not follow SatNav directions beyond Goody Bridge)

Thorney How is best accessed via Easedale Road in Grasmere.

Traveling North From the A591 traveling north on 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 as for on foot above.

If you pass the side track to Thorney How you will reach a farm and eventually come back to the A591.

Traveling south From the A591 approaching Grasmere shortly after the first 40 mph sign either take a right hand turn on a sharp bend opposite a post box, currently 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 by a Grit Bin. If you pass this track you will eventually come back to Easedale Road and into Grasmere village.

Alternatively take the next right hand turn opposite the Swan Hotel signposted Grasmere village and follow directions as for traveling north above.

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