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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.

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.

It’s the perfect location from which to explore everything Lakeland has to offer


Planning a day trip.

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.

Grasmere from Loughrigg, Stewart Smith

Since it’s so close to the village, it’s worth taking a stroll down to Grasmere 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.

A400w photo by Simon Galston

Skywatching can be a popular pastime in the area with many aircraft passing low over the area.

This is an A400 photographed by one of our recent guests Simon Galston.

Swallows and Armenians by Karen Babayan

We have a regular programme of art exhibitions at Thorney How.

Showcasing the work of mainly Cumbrian arists. All work is for sale.

For further details about our current programme see below.


Thorney How has an ongoing range of events and courses organised with our partners for you to try. (Please note that courses cannot be organised at short notice).

From film nights to art exhibitions, creative retreats, painting courses, hill navigation, climbing, guided walks, fishing and wild swimming.

Please be aware that Film nights are currently not being scheduled in 2021.

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.

Find Grasmere Local Events

Grasmere Events from Explore South Lakeland

Grasmere Events from Go Lakes

Film Screenings

Grasmere Movie Nights (Not currently available during 2021)

Weekly Saturday Screenings

Our film screenings are typically on Saturday nights starting at 8.30pm.

Entry is free of charge with a suggested donation of £2.50 to support Mountain Rescue.

Food is also available from 6.30pm onwards.

Now a BFI Neighbourhood Cinema

Coming Soon

Not currentlly available during 2021

Joining us for food – we have our main weekend evening menu options available – please book ahead.

Is this just one day?

Art Gallery at Thorney How

Is this one day?

Music by Taylor nuttall, words by Emma Nuttall

A 30 minute evolving ambient and multi-layered soundscape experience using a map of the Lake District for reference.

See www.soundcloud.com/taylornuttall to listen to the audio.

Headphones recommended.

Commissioned by Aerial Festival 2020: Sounds & Words in the Lake District. www.aerialfestival.com

Sounds of Silence Commission

COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown has intensified our contact with our immediate surroundings and heightened our appreciation of the local. This piece is a meditation on the passing of time here, of the repetitions of our experience and of our overall lack of agency with how this space can change.

This is a jointly commissioned work with Taylor Nuttall for musical composition and Emma Nuttall for word collaboration and shared ideas.

@EmNuttall @digitaylor

Live audio stream from Thorney How

Live audio stream from Thorney How

Relaunched in 2021 during UK COVID-19 Lockdown 3 to share immersive and tranquil sounds from rural Cumbria with others.

Originally launched in 2020 as a temporary mobile stream set up for Reveil 2020 using simple iPhone/App. Now upgraded with a newly built external streambox fitted with Raspberry Pi, Komplete Audio2 and 2 microphones.

Currently sited in a rural location just outside Grasmere village at Thorney How, set amongst the trees. Expect to hear birds, bees, sheep, ducks, hens and other distant garden/farming noises with occasional low flying military aircraft.

Live audio is currently disabled. Listen to a recording of the dawn chorus at Thorney How:
See www.soundcloud.com/taylornuttall to listen to the audio.

Use headphones for the best listening experience.


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!

The Lake District has many cultural highlights, festivals and events. Discover museums, galleries and cultural attractions in all corners of the beautiful Lake District National Park that reveal the creative spirit of the Lakes.

Discover Lakes Culture >> Watch a 60 Second Film



Adventure Activities, Outdoor Courses, Activity Breaks and Outdoor Skills Training in the Lake District, Cumbria.

Summitreks provides adventure activities for Groups, Schools and Colleges, and Children and Families. Summitreks programme’s include: kayaking, Canadian canoeing, raft building, gorge scrambling, canyoning, aquaseiling, rock climbing, abseiling and adventure treks.



Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum

Dove Cottage was the home of William Wordsworth from December 1799 to May 1808, the years of his supreme work as a poet.

Take a fascinating guided tour of the cottage and explore everything the museum has to offer.



The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop

Tucked away at the corner of the churchyard of St. Oswald’s Church, sits this quaint little shop.

Each day visitors to the shop are greeted by the wonderful aroma of freshly baked gingerbread and an atmosphere that’s bursting with tradition.


Heaton Cooper Gallery

Heaton Cooper Studio

In 1937 William Heaton Cooper bought a piece of land just off the village green in Grasmere. It was here he intended to build his Gallery and home. By 1938 the project was complete, funded by the success of his first book, Hills of Lakeland.

Today, the Studio is composed of three galleries exhibiting the work of the Heaton Cooper family of artists.


Ride a bike








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 service.

017687 72701

We’ve 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.

Walks near Grasmere

The small village of Grasmere located in the heart of the Lakes is an ideal base for walkers, with a wide variety of hills and surrounding countryside there is going to be something suitable for everyone.

Around 30 walks listed here. Walks listing courtesy of – www.walklakes.co.uk

Boating on Grasmere Lake

Faeryland Tea & Coffee Garden & Rowing Boat Hire

Rowing boats are available for hire for a maximum of one hour for up to four people. Pre-booking is not required. See www.faeryland.co.uk website for further details.

Lakes Culture Must Sees

There are so many great opportunities for art and culture in the Lake District. Check out this Must See guide form Lakes Culture


Explore South Lakeland

South Lakeland, situated in the English Lake District, is known all over the world for its astounding natural beauty and unique, vibrant culture. This website is your guide to explore South Lakeland, the beautiful place we call home!

Visit Explore South Lakes www.exploresouthlakeland.co.uk

Family Days Out

Cheap and free family friendly places to visit in Cumbria – theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.

See Family Days Out in Cumbria www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk

Go Lakes

To help you plan and make the most of your visit Go Lakes have an extensive and user friendly information network in place. Whether you require details on how to get here or how to get around, advice on what to see and do, or even what the weather is going to be like, you will find the information here at your fingertips.


Path To Adventure

Path to Adventure offer bespoke outdoor activity days and development training courses. They are very happy to work with individuals, small or large groups, families (a minimum age may apply for some activities) and corporate groups.


Swim The Lakes

Want to get into open water swimming? One day courses make it easy for you to get in the water and start swimming outdoors. From no-idea to no-fear in one day. A dry land and water based Introduction to Open Water Swimming course based at the heart of the best wild swimming in the country. This popular course is now in its 8th year and just keeps getting better.

With small groups and friendly, experienced coaches this is the perfect introduction to open water swimming for beginners.

Swim The Lakes www.swimthelakes.co.uk

Guided Walks

A guided walk may be a great way to improve your skills in the mountains, build your confidence or just have a fun day out with your friends and family. With so many great walking adventures to choose form, sometimes having a local expert on hand can take away the worry of getting things.

Guided Walks are generally aimed at outdoor enthusiasts or beginners who would like to explore the Lake District fells under expert guidance without the need to have good navigation skills. Guided Walks may be graded from easy to hard and are available to join as an individual, a couple, a family or a group.

Guided Walks www.amblesideadventure.co.uk

Lakes Festival Calendar

The Lake District Show and Festival Calendar.

Courtesy of lakes-breaks.com

Fishing around Grasmere

For your one stop information centre for fishing in Cumbria and the Lake District

Check out this Fishing in the Lake District Guide www.lakedistrictfishing.net

National Trust

The National Trust have some useful information on the Grasmere area, including detailed info on facilities and plenty of ideas of things to do and places to go.


Visit Cumbria

Visit Cumbria is an independent guide to Cumbria and the Lake District, with a wealth of useful information on things to do around the whole county. They even have a guide for activities aimed at children and things to do on a rainy day.


Trip Advisor - things to do

Choose your own preferences and see what others think – lots of choice here.


iknow-uk Things to do

Things to do in the centre of the Lake District.


Lake District & Cumbria Tourist Guide

With so many things to see & do, spectacular scenery, beautiful lakes, walking, cycling, climbing and fell running. Plus a whole host of activities, attractions, things to do and places to visit, to suit all needs and all pockets.

Plan your visit here Lake District Things to Do

Practical Needs

Do you need to know where to find a Taxi or to buy some Healthy Food?

Try the Business Directory – MisterWhat!

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.

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