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Helm Crag – a walk on our doorstep

10 July 2011 / History / Walks / Grasmere

Sunset over Helm Crag

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).

Route Map: Helm Crag - thanks to 'the Lakeland Fells'

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


Accommodation for Coast to Coast walkers

31 March 2011 / News / Walks

One of the great walks to do in the UK is Wainright’s Coast to Coast Walk

Route of the Coast to Coast Walk via Wikipedia

Traditionally starting at St bees on the west coast and ending at Robin Hood’s Bay on the east coast the route passes right by Thorney How situated right in the centre of the Lake District National Park on an adjacent track. Several guests that we have booked in are already using the Hostel as a nights stay at Grasmere, one of the potential stopovers in the early stages of the 192 mile journey.

The Sherpa Van offers travellers a convenient regular daily baggage moving service between key Coast to Coast locations such as Grasmere. We are please to announce that we are now one of the accommodation providers listed via The Sherpa Van’s website, although at the time of writing this all of the reviews added to the site were from when Thorney How was managed by the YHA.