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THE LOCAL AREA

LOCATED IN THE VILLAGE OF GRASMERE,
A POPULAR TOURIST DESTINATION
RIGHT IN THE VERY HEART OF THE
ENGLISH LAKE DISTRICT
WORLD HERITAGE SITE

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.

It’s the perfect location from which to explore everything Lakeland has to offer

 

Planning a day trip.

In fact, if travelling on two wheels is your preference, there are hundreds of miles of track and bridleway for you to explore, with some rewarding — and challenging! — high level routes throughout the region.

Feel like taking it easier and exploring some of the Lakes cultural hotspots? Grasmere itself has plenty of places to explore, including Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum, and the Heaton Cooper Gallery.

If you’re looking for some tasty morsels, there’s a whole host of places to eat in the village, including some fine restaurants and some cosy, traditional pubs serving up fine local ales. And don’t forget to visit the famous Grasmere Gingerbread shop.

Grasmere from Loughrigg, Stewart Smith

Since it’s so close to the village, it’s worth taking a stroll down to the lake. You can while away the hours on the shore taking in the stunning scenery with a picnic, or in the shoreside tea shop. You can even get out on the tranquility of the lake by hiring a rowing boat.

And with other main towns like Ambleside and Keswick not too far, there’s so much more of the Lake District to explore. A regular bus service connects Grasmere with nearby towns and villages, so getting around is easy.

For general South Lakes visitor information please see Traveller’s Guide to the South & Central Lakes

EVENTS & COURSES

Thorney How has an ongoing range of events and courses organised with our partners for you to try.

From film nights to art exhibitions, creative retreats, hill navigation and wild swimming.

Check back here regularly for updates or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ or contact us directly and we can arrange something specific for your group.

Explore South Lakeland

Grasmere Events

GoLakes

Grasmere Events

Film Screenings

Grasmere Movie Nights

Weekly Saturday Screenings

Our film screenings are typically on Saturday nights starting at 8.30pm.

Food is also available from 6.30pm onwards.

Now a BFI Neighbourhood Cinema

Grasmere Movie Nights Meetup Group

To get regular updates and invitations to our film screenings:

Join Our ‘Grasmere Movie Nights’ Meetup Group

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Coming Soon

We hope to have some of the following films to screen in March / April 2017.

  • The Man Who Knew Infinity
  • The Legend of Tarzan
  • Swallows & Amazons
  • Captain Fantastic
  • Ghostbusters
  • Girl on a Train
  • Magnificent 7
  • Mrs Peregrines Spectacular Children

Joining us for food – we have our main weekend evening menu options available from £10.95 or £14.95 for 2 courses– please book ahead.

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Art Gallery

Kate Brundrett

Golden Gates Photography Series

C-Art Exhibition

Cumbria Artists Open Studios

13-28th Sept 2017

We are thrilled to be hosting another C-Art Open Studios Exhibition again this year.

Cumbria Artist of the Year, Karen Babayan will be transforming our dining room and reception gallery spaces with a selection of curated works. See the C-Art gallery page here.

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS

There’s plenty to explore during your stay in Grasmere and the surrounding area. We’ve picked out a selection of some the most popular local attractions and activities. If you’re looking for inspiration or advice on what to do during your stay with us, feel free to ask us for help. We’ll be happy to have a chat and give you some pointers on where to go and what to do — we want you to make the most of your time with us!

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Summitreks

Adventure Activities, Outdoor Courses, Activity Breaks and Outdoor Skills Training in the Lake District, Cumbria.

Summitreks provides adventure activities for Groups, Schools and Colleges, Stag and Hen parties, and Children and Families. Summitreks programme’s include: kayaking, Canadian canoeing, raft building, gorge scrambling, canyoning, aquaseiling, rock climbing, abseiling and adventure treks.

summitreks.co.uk

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Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum

Dove Cottage was the home of William Wordsworth from December 1799 to May 1808, the years of his supreme work as a poet.

Take a fascinating guided tour of the cottage and explore everything the museum has to offer.

wordsworth.org.uk

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The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop

Tucked away at the corner of the churchyard of St. Oswald’s Church, sits this quaint little shop.

Each day visitors to the shop are greeted by the wonderful aroma of freshly baked gingerbread and an atmosphere that’s bursting with tradition.

grasmeregingerbread.co.uk

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Heaton Cooper Studio

In 1937 William Heaton Cooper bought a piece of land just off the village green in Grasmere. It was here he intended to build his Gallery and home. By 1938 the project was complete, funded by the success of his first book, Hills of Lakeland.

Today, the Studio is composed of three galleries exhibiting the work of the Heaton Cooper family of artists.

heatoncooper.co.uk

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LOSE YOURSELF IN SOME OF CUMBRIA’S
MOST INSPIRING LANDSCAPES

Cumbria

USEFUL INFORMATION

NOTE:

GRASMERE AND THE SURROUNDING AREA

CAN BE VERY BUSY DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAY

PERIODS CUMBRIA SCHOOL TERM DATES

You will find many activities require pre-booking. If relying on public transport you should also check the relevant timetables and maps. things often take longer in the lake district



For bus timetables call Traveline on

0871 2002233

TRAVELINE.ORG.UK



For group transport Keswick Minibuses offer a 16 seater taxi service.

017687 72701

We’ve gathered together a list of useful links to websites which provide a wealth of information on the Lake District and things to do in the area.

Walks near Grasmere

The small village of Grasmere located in the heart of the Lakes is an ideal base for walkers, with a wide variety of hills and surrounding countryside there is going to be something suitable for everyone.

Around 30 walks listed here. Walks listing courtesy of – Walk Lakes

Explore South Lakeland

South Lakeland, situated in the English Lake District, is known all over the world for its astounding natural beauty and unique, vibrant culture. This website is your guide to explore South Lakeland, the beautiful place we call home!

Visit Explore South Lakes

Family Days Out

Cheap and free family friendly places to visit in Cumbria – theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.

See Family Days Out in Cumbria

Go Lakes

To help you plan and make the most of your visit Go Lakes have an extensive and user friendly information network in place. Whether you require details on how to get here or how to get around, advice on what to see and do, or even what the weather is going to be like, you will find the information here at your fingertips.

golakes.co.uk

Lakes Festival Calendar

The Lake District Show and Festival Calendar.

Courtesy of lakes-breaks.com

Fishing around Grasmere

For your one stop information centre for fishing in Cumbria and the Lake District

Check out this Fishing in the Lake District Guide

National Trust

The National Trust have some useful information on the Grasmere area, including detailed info on facilities and plenty of ideas of things to do and places to go.

nationaltrust.org.uk

Visit Cumbria

Visit Cumbria is an independent guide to Cumbria and the Lake District, with a wealth of useful information on things to do around the whole county. They even have a guide for activities aimed at children and things to do on a rainy day.

visitcumbria.com

Trip Advisor - things to do

Choose your own preferences and see what others think – lots of choice here.

tripadvisor.co.uk

iknow-uk Things to do

Things to do in the centre of the Lake District.

iknow-lakedistrict.co.uk

Lake District & Cumbria Tourist Guide

With so many things to see & do, spectacular scenery, beautiful lakes, walking, cycling, climbing and fell running. Plus a whole host of activities, attractions, things to do and places to visit, to suit all needs and all pockets.

Plan your visit here Lake District Things to Do

Practical Needs

Do you need to know where to find a Taxi or to buy some Healthy Food?

Try the Business Directory – MisterWhat!

Please note that we are not affiliated with any of these websites, nor do we endorse them — we provide this information in good faith as a way to help you find useful, relevant information for your visit to the Lakes.

Thorney How guest accommodation and bunkhouse is privately owned and managed by Taylor and Carolyn Nuttall since 2011.