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The Local Area

Thorney How is located in the village of Grasmere, a popular tourist destination right in the very heart of the English Lake District. It’s the perfect location from which to explore everything Lakeland has to offer.

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. In fact, if travelling on two wheels is your preference, there are hundreds of miles of track and bridleway for you to explore, with some rewarding — and challenging! — high level routes throughout the region.

Feel like taking it easier and exploring some of the Lakes cultural hotspots? Grasmere itself has plenty of places to explore, including Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum, and the Heaton Cooper Gallery.

If you’re looking for some tasty morsels, there’s a whole host of places to eat in the village, including some fine restaurants and some cosy, traditional pubs serving up fine local ales. And don’t forget to visit the famous Grasmere Gingerbread shop.

Since it’s so close to the village, it’s worth taking a stroll down to the lake. You can while away the hours on the shore taking in the stunning scenery with a picnic, or in the shoreside tea shop. You can even get out on the tranquility of the lake by hiring a rowing boat.

And with other main towns like Ambleside and Keswick not too far, there’s so much more of the Lake District to explore. A regular bus service connects Grasmere with nearby towns and villages, so getting around is easy.

For general South Lakes visitor information please see Traveller’s Guide to the South & Central Lakes

Events & Courses

Thorney How has an ongoing range of events and courses for you to try. From film nights to art exhibitions, creative retreats, hill navigation and wild swimming. Check back here regularly for updates or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ or contact us directly and we can arrange something specific for your group.

Film Night at Thorney HowC-Art at Thorney How


C-Art Exhibition September 2014

Cumbria Artists Open Studios 13-28th Sept 2014
We are thrilled to be hosting another C-Art Open Studios Exhibition again this year.

Cumbria Artist, Jules Cadie will be transforming our dining room and reception gallery spaces with his paintings and wooden constructions along with an installation on the aptly named Thorney How, this is the rocky mound in our grounds after which the property is named.

See the C-Art gallery page here.

Explore South Lakeland Grasmere Events

GoLakes Grasmere Events


Creative Retreat March 2015

4 nights, Mon – Fri, fully catered.
Let loose your creative energy. Relax and simply absorb. Be inspired. From £385 – fully catered, sharing with 2 others

4 nights – Monday 16th March to Friday 20th March
Optional extra night, Sunday 15th March

Open to creative individuals of any discipline or interest. Willingness to participate is more important than level of experience.

See here for further details

Activities & Attractions

There’s plenty to explore during your stay in Grasmere and the surrounding area. We’ve picked out a selection of some the most popular local attractions and activities.

If you’re looking for inspiration or advice on what to do during your stay with us, feel free to ask us for help. We’ll be happy to have a chat and give you some pointers on where to go and what to do — we want you to make the most of your time with us!

Find out more

We’ve also gathered together a list of useful links to websites which provide a wealth of information on the Lake District and things to do in the area.

Note: Grasmere and the surrounding area can be very busy during School holiday periods:
Cumbria School Term Dates

You will find many activities require pre-booking. If relying on public transport you should also check the relevant timetables and maps. Things often take longer in the Lake District.

For Bus Timetables call Traveline on 0871 2002233

For group transport Keswick Minibuses offer a 16 seater taxi servce 017687 72701

Please note that we are not affiliated with any of these websites, nor do we endorse them — we provide this information in good faith as a way to help you find useful, relevant information for your visit to the Lakes.