The Local Area
Thorney How is located in the village of Grasmere, a popular tourist destination right in the very heart of the English Lake District. It’s the perfect location from which to explore everything Lakeland has to offer.
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.
For details of many other walks in the Lake District try Happy Hiker – a walkers website with free simple to follow directions and GPS downloads.
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. 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.
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