We’re celebrating 4 years at Thorney How this February.
We’d like to see you in 2015, so to help you to come and try us out for yourselves we’re giving away 4 gift card vouchers for free worth £50 each. Read more >>>>
Obviously Thorney How is several hundreds of years older than 4 years, but as the present owners we have been so very lucky to have been here since February 2011 when Thorney How was acquired from the Youth Hostel Association (YHA). You can read a little more history here.
There are 4 chances of winning, so please do make sure that you take part in them all. Winners will be announced after the end of February 2015.
To enter our competition you can either:
1) Follow us on Twitter plus retweet with the hashtags #LakeDistrict #win to win.
2) Like our Facebook Page plus share the post to win.
3) Follow our Google+ Page plus share the post to win.
4) Subscribe to our Newsletter to win. see the bottom of this page!
Winning Gift Cards may only be used against any whole room booking and not individual beds. They can be redeemed at any time subject to availability. They cannot be used alongside any other promotional offer or for any other discounted or large group bookings.
Gift Cards are managed via PayPal – we will require a valid e-mail address to send you your Gift Card Voucher and you will be required to register with PayPal to redeem your voucher.
One of the very popular walks that you can do right form our doorstep is the small but prominent peak of Helm Crag, also fondly known as ‘The Lion and The Lamb’. Helm Crag is one of the peaks listed in Wainwright’s Central Fells guide book published in 1958. Wainwright states that Helm Crag’s height is 1,299ft but the more modern OS 1:25,000 map now puts it at 405m (1,328ft).
Wainwright also states that Helm Crag ‘may well be the best known of all Lakeland fells’ and describes it as ‘an exhilarating little climb’, ‘if it has a fault it is that it is too short’.
We’re very proud of the fact that Thorney How is of course listed in Wainwrights guide and the hostel features on his drawn maps as a Youth Hostel. Thorney How (the rock feature) is part of the SE line of crags that trail down towards Grasmere as an extension to the ridge from Gibson Knott. Gibson Knott itself is also well worth the extra 1 mile extension to the walk.
I have been climbing Helm Crag since I can remember and I was very probably carried up it by my parents before that!
For more walk details see: http://www.leaney.org/lake_district_fells.php?fell_id=helm_crag
We’d love to hear from you if you have memories that you are willing to share about Thorney How. Thorney How has been part of the YHA for around 80 years prior to our taking over the hostel as an Independent Hostel in February 2011. We’re that sure there will be many happy memories and we hope to create many more in the future.
Here are some postcard images that we have found circa 1950′s. If you have any other photographs from Thorney How that you are willing to share with others please let us know.