Grasmere is a very small village and very easy to get around on foot. However, during the summer months it can be very crowded with coach-tour parties. This can make it difficult to find a parking space for those on driving holidays around the Lake District.
The village of Grasmere lies on the banks of the lake with the same name. The poet William Wordsworth, who lived in Grasmere for fourteen years, described it as "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found".
Thorney How Independent Hostel, LA22 9QW, ☎ +44 15394 35597. Just under Helm Crag, right on the Coast to Coast footpath. Food and beer but also 2min walk from Lancrigg Vegetarian Restaurant and Guest House. One of first YHA hostels in England, now a independent hostel since 2011, owned and run by Taylor and Carolyn Nuttall who live on site. Thorney How is the small rocky outcrop in the grounds of this Grade 2 listed old farmhouse that is the main building. There are a number of small bedrooms as well as more traditional bunk rooms. The hostel can sleep up to 46 people if the bunk room dormitories are full. Coffee, tea, cakes and drinks are available at a drop-in café but they also offer evening meals and breakfasts if use of the self catering kitchen is too much. Local beers abound, including the regular draft beer as part of the hostel licence.
Raise Cottage, LA22 9RS, ☎ +44 15394 35357. Raise cottage is situated on the summit of Dunmail Raise, close to Raise Beck. This stunning location provides superb mountain views and immediate access to the mountains for walkers and other outdoor enthusiasts. Nestling on the slopes of Seat Sandal, it is a prime location to explore the Central Fells, probably the best location for your ascent of Helvellyn. Adjacent to the Coast to Coast path and close to many local mountain bike routes, they cater for all. Family-run, they offer bunk and breakfast accommodation for individuals and groups, with evening meals by arrangement. The accommodation comprises of two 12 bed bunk rooms, a dining room with wood burning stove and television, free Wi-Fi, and a drying room.