Welcome to Thorney How

Proud to be part of Lake District World Heritage Site

Now Open from 31st July 2020 - Please read our new COVID-19 guidedlines




News: Now open from 31st July 2020

Please note: that until UK Government
guidelines indicate that it is safe
to do so we cannot accept any new
large group bookings.

Read our new COVID-19 Guidelines


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.

Thorney How with Grasmere Bunkhouse offers simple B&B and Bunkhouse type guest accommodation. Rated as a 4 star Hostel in Grasmere, Lake District. Previously YHA, now a family owned and run Independent Hostel. The very first Grasmere Hostel since 1932.

"Wonderful hosts, lovely food and a superb base to explore the Lake District! "

Guest Review Quote - August 2020 (Family of 4)


Thorney How

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Green Tourism Gold Award

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, outdoor seating and spacious and peaceful grounds — everything you need for a comfortable stay perfect for Group Accommodation.

Catered options include Half Board and Full Board. (No self catering for groups larger than 16).


Guest comments:

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

Our excellent

Food & Drink

Staying with us, or drop in for a bite to eat, we are happy to welcome non-residents.

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

Guest comments:

“We loved the attention to recycling, sustainable heating etc, also loved the cats! Everything very easy & staff very friendly & willing to help.”

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 the iconic Helm Crag with stunning views across the fells – 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 9 miles, with good bus links or taxi services. Bus services leave regularly from the centre of Grasmere.

Take a bike out to explore quiet back roads.



Thorney How is known for it’s clean, comfortable, and simple B&B holiday and backpacking accommodation in the heart of the Lake District.

All our main house rooms are now en-suite available as either double, twin, family or large family private rooms.

All family rooms and the Grasmere Bunkhouse rooms are now furnished with solid wooden bunk type beds.

All rooms are centrally heated and include full bed linen, extra pillows and blankets.

Our 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.

Guest comments:

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

“The bunkhouse is one of the best-designed and comfortable I have stayed in.”

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