Thorney How is very happy to be part of the Independent Hostels UK network.
Independent Hostels offer ideal accommodation for groups, families and individuals involved in outdoor activities and independent travel. They have private rooms, flexible lengths of stay and self catering kitchens designed for groups. Watch the Video for more……
No membership required
Whether you are a group, family, individual or tour operator IHUK hostels offer a fantastic alternative to hotels and B&Bs. Their locations vary dramatically, from the centre of a big city to a remote island in Scotland.
We enjoyed reading ‘Alfred Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk’ a blog by Paul Tinker who completed the walk with his mate Dave and dog Toby, June 5th-June 16th 2011.
Thorney How was their Grasmere stop over, glad you made it guys!
The Coast to Coast Walk is the brainchild of Alfred Wainwright. It crosses three National Parks, and includes some of England’s best loved scenery. It is generally considered best to start at St. Bees beside the Irish Sea. The walk then passes through the mountains of the Lake District, across the Pennines and down into Swaledale, then over The North York Moors and beyond to Robin Hood’s Bay and the east coast.
Thorney How in Grasmere is one of the primary stops along the walk as the path crosses right by our main entrance.
Not everyone realises that there is a coherent network of hostels in the UK that all operate independently and are not connected with the YHA. Independent Hostels UK was established to address this and bring together a wide range of locations and accommodation types under one network.
“Independent Hostels UK is the UK’s official network of independently managed bunkhouses, hostels, backpackers, camping barns and group accommodation. With over 300 member hostels the network is comparable in size to the Youth Hostel Association in the UK (YHA plus SYHA).
Independent Hostels UK was established under grant funding from the government and is a self supporting membership body guided by a small committee of member directors.
IHUK works closely with other hostel networks worldwide including Scottish Independent Hostels, Independent Holiday Hostels of Ireland, Swiss Backpackers, German Backpacker Network, Hostel in Italy, Backpackers Spain, Backpackers Hostels of Canada and BBH New Zealand. IHUK also shares detailed information about the accommodation with national organisations such as the Sustrans National Cycle Network and the Long Distance Walkers Association.
To find out more about all the great places to stay in the network use our online search facility. This has scalable maps showing bunkhouses, hostels, backpackers, camping barns and group accommodation in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Europe. You can search by name or location and you will quickly see that the accommodation listed offers great value with self catering, private rooms and flexible lengths of stay.
Full details of all the hostels in IHUK are available in IHUKs handbook, the long established Independent Hostel Guide, available for purchase now. “
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.