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Welcome to our new Chef, Robin

25 July 2011 / Business / Breakfast / News / Food

We’re thrilled to be saying hello to Robin, our new full time chef joining the team at Thorney How.

Robin arrives with a wide range of International experience so we’re getting very excited at the new range of food possibilities that we will be able to offer our guests in the coming weeks. Our expanded menus will have a continental flavour as well as many traditional dishes to tantalise your palates.

We will be expanding from our full English breakfast to include a wider range of breakfast options with continental style breakfasts as well as simpler fare like bacon butties.

We will also be introducing daytime lunches and snacks along with prepared packed lunches for travellers. Fresh demi baguettes baked on the premises will be available with a range of sandwich fillings. We may also try out some weekend specials, such as BBQ’s.

If you already have a booking with us or are thinking about booking and would like to know more about ordering your meals in advance please get in contact with us, either by phone or by e-mail.

Alongside our expanded food offer we will also be bringing you a wider range of drinks from our licensed bar. If you are planning a days walking in the lakes without staying with us please feel free to drop by to check us out.

Robin is really looking forwards to working with the team and meeting all our guests with their diverse backgrounds and requests. We all look forwards to seeing your soon and tickling your taste buds, if you drop by just say ‘Hi’, especially to Rob.


Independent Hostels network = YHA

15 July 2011 / Business / Hostelling


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.

They say:

“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. “


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:

Grasmere Rushbearing

10 July 2011 / Events / Grasmere

Next weekend the traditional Grasmere Rushbearing takes place on Saturday 16th July 2011

The ‘rushbearing’ is is a cross made of rushes or flowers and carried by local children.

See for more information

A procession is led by a band, followed by the clergy, and then the children of the village, and ends at the Church with hymns and prayers. The procession leaves the School at 3.30pm, making its way around the village centre before arriving back at St Oswald’s Church. there follows a brief service and then tea at 5pm.
There is entertainment for children and a brass band concert in Church.

All are welcome to attend, there is no admission charge

Green Service

6 July 2011 / Technical / Website

We’re very happy that our new hosting service is supplied by Green WebHost.

They say:

Sustainability is key:
(Not only being “Carbon Neutral”)
We were the UK’s first ISP to take this issue seriously.

If you’ve had any difficulties in contacting us via e-mail in the last few days we apologise. This should all now be fully resolved.


3 July 2011 / News / Website / Offers

Grab an August midweek family or small group break in the Lakes whilst they are still available.

Book now via our online booking system

15% off any 2 plus midweek nights booked as a whole room (applicable to 4, 5 and 6 bunk rooms) during the whole of August.

All bookings must be confirmed and deposit paid before 1st August.

Valid check-in days include Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Stay up to 5 days from your check in day (availability depends on dates).

This offer does not apply for any check-ins at weekends.

This offer is also only available if you book through our website booking enquiry service, or telephone us direct.