Rescued from fire and unseen by the public for over 200 years, Allan Bank has become home to William Wordsworth and, in more recent years, to Canon Rawnsley, one of the three founders of the National Trust. The house though is only half the story; just as important are the landscaped woodland gardens, providing a unique set of views that are arguably the best in the district. The grounds are also home to much wildlife with stoats, weasels, badgers, foxes, rabbits, squirrels, red and roe deer often passing through so keep your eyes peeled and you might just be lucky enough to spot them!
Directions: (starting from Grasmere National Trust shop)
Turn L out of Grasmere NT shop and follow the road to the Red Lion Hotel, carry on straight ahead and take the lane immediately to the L of the Miller Howe cafe. Follow this up a slight gradient to the house.
Built in 1805, Allan Bank was home to William Wordsworth for three years, and was recently rescued from a near devastating fire. With beautiful gardens, there are two way-marked walks around the grounds to be enjoyed. The Garden Walk, which is level and includes the walled garden and Courting Path, takes about 15 minutes.
The Woodland Walk takes at least 30 minutes and explores the steep network of paths through the trees and crags above the house visiting two viewing stations and a unique viewing tunnel along the way. The grounds are home to much wildlife with stoats, weasels, badgers, foxes, rabbits, squirrels, red and roe deer often passing through so keep your eyes peeled! Both walks start from the Grasmere lake side of the house. Most footwear will be fine for the Garden Walk, but for comfort on the steeper paths of the Woodland Walk, outdoor shoes and boots are recommended.
The Woodland Walk should take about 1.5 hours, and the Garden Walk 1.25 hours. Expect to walk a distance of 1.85 km (1.2 miles) with a height gain of 185m.
Lead Ranger - Central and East Lakes