We are located in St. John’s-in-the-Vale, a dramatic yet very peaceful valley running from Threlkeld towards Thirlmere, about 5 miles south-east of Keswick. We are close to many of the attractions of the Lake District, yet our farm is a peaceful, rural place to stay and, for many of our guests, a destination in itself.
Fornside Farm is perfectly situated for those who wish to bag Wainwrights, explore the many local mountain-biking trails or wonderful road-cycling routes, compete in the Fred Whitton or either recce the Bob Graham Round or take on this incredible 24 hour challenge. (Fornside Farm is a great location for a Bob Graham recce as we are right underneath Leg 2 and the bus from Dam Road End will take you to Leg 1 or Leg 3.)
GETTING HERE BY CAR
We are 15 miles from the M6. We are on the B5322, 3 miles south of the A66 at Threlkeld.
Fornside is set back some 200m from the road and is accessed by a private track. We have ample car parking adjacent to the cottages and an EV Charger for those already embracing the electric car future.
St John’s in the Vale,
GETTING HERE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT
The nearest train station is at Penrith, 17 miles away.
There are regular X5 buses between Penrith and Keswick, 5 miles away.
The 555 bus will take you from Keswick to Stanah, Dam Road End at Thirlmere, one mile away. This is considered one of the most scenic bus routes in the country! The same bus going south from Stanah, Dam Road End, will take you over Dunmail Raise to Grasmere, Ambleside, and on to Kendal.
Taxis will also collect from the train and bus stations – try Davies Taxis from Keswick.