Located at the
heart of the Lake District!

A peaceful rural location not far from local amenities.



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


01539 435 597



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Thorney How

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

Phone: 01539 435 597





Thorney How

UK OS Maps Grid Reference

Ordnance Survey Grid ref: NY332084


Google Maps

See Google Maps 54.4668,-3.0323


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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 Grasmere YHA, several small groups of houses and over a small bridge (Goody Bridge).

Brown Sign

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.

See map on right or download it here.


You Have Arrived At Thorney How

Door sign

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 03457484950 (From overseas: +44(0)20 7278 5240)



For Taxi Hire – try:

  • Amber Taxis 015394 42000
  • Ambleside HillTop Taxis 07979664472
  • Grasmere Taxis 015394 35506
  • Keswick Minibuses 017687 72701
  • Lakeside Taxis (Windermere) 015394 88888


Pricing for taxis from either Keswick or Windermere Station to Thorney How will be approximately £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.


Thorney How Sign

By Road

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 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)

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.

Route from bus stop

Click image above for more detail.

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)

View or download a 555 bus timetable here.

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

Also try the Stagecoach Bus App


National Express 571

Please note: we are aware that this service may have been suspended or changed in 2020. Further information may be available soon from National Express.

Please note that National Express coaches do not come into Grasmere village itself. Typically there is only one or two connections each day.

You will have a much longer walk from their usual pick up and drop off point outside the Daffodil Hotel (more than 1 mile) or the Swan Hotel. See map here.

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.

See National Express 571 London to Whitehaven


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Thorney How and Grasmere Bunkhouse | guest accommodation privately owned and managed by Taylor and Carolyn Nuttall since 2011.