Formally the home of William Wordsworth, owned by the National Trust, Allan Bank has only been open to the public since springtime 2012. The previous year a fire badly damaged a wing of the building with water and smoke affecting much of the rest. Renovation continues whilst it is open. The house and grounds overlook the village of Grasmere.
During the winter and spring of 2012/13 the Rangers created a short but interesting woodland trail. This is well marked by posts with a red band, or by the path simply being lined with logs.
Parking at the house is limited to disabled folk only. There are numerous car parks down in the village, as well as a regular bus service. The 555 between Ambleside and Keswick comes through, as does the 599 open-top summer service from Bowness.
The long driveway to Allan Bank starts opposite the village green immediately to the left of the Miller Howe Cafe. Take the lane, cross the cattle grid or take the gate on the left, and into the grounds. Follow the driveway up the slope and through the gate to the house.
Start behind the small chapel which is next to the disabled parking area. Turn right beside the information board and go up the steep steps running right to left. Bear right to continue climbing more steps, or in autumn kick through the knee deep leaves hiding the steps! Go through the Victorian viewing tunnel, for the full effect look back once inside the tunnel for the view.
At the other end of the tunnel turn right back on yourself and climb the steps, then right again to go over the tunnel. Much of the rest of the path is made of gravel lined with tree trunks or branches. Meander up through the trees to the viewpoint amongst the tree canopy.
Continue on the path along a few short sections of terraced path which bring you to the furthest reaches on a small knoll. It is obvious you cannot continue ahead so the path turns sharp left and descends steeply down steps.
Another little meander brings you to the walled garden area. Continue ahead to the front of the house.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Silver How||272m (299 yards) away|
|Easedale Tarn||364m (400 yards) away|
|Steel Fell, Calf Crag, Gibson Knott and Helm Crag||430m (473 yards) away|
|Easedale Tarn, Codale Tarn, and Tarn Crag||441m (485 yards) away|
|Helm Crag||472m (519 yards) away|
|A circuit of Grasmere||473m (520 yards) away|
|Alcock Tarn||473m (520 yards) away|
|Stone Arthur, Great Rigg, Heron Pike and Nab Scar||473m (520 yards) away|
|Grasmere and Rydal Water||0.6km (0.4 miles) away|
|Seat Sandal||1.5km (0.9 miles) away|
|Loughrigg Fell from White Moss||1.9km (1.2 miles) away|
|Red Bank from White Moss near Ambleside||2.1km (1.3 miles) away|
|An Elterwater Stroll||3.0km (1.9 miles) away|
|Waterfalls and the Cathedral Cavern, from Elterwater||3.0km (1.9 miles) away|
|Nab Scar and Alcock Tarn||3.5km (2.2 miles) away|
|Loughrigg Fell from Rydal||3.6km (2.2 miles) away|
|Grisedale Tarn||3.9km (2.4 miles) away|
|A Journey from Dungeon Ghyll over the Fells to Ambleside||4.1km (2.6 miles) away|
|Cumbria Way - Dungeon Ghyll to Keswick||4.2km (2.6 miles) away|
|High Raise, Sergeant Man, and Blea Rigg from Langdale||4.2km (2.6 miles) away|
|The Langdale Pikes: Pavey Ark, Thunacar Knott, Pike of Stickle, Harrison Stickle||4.2km (2.6 miles) away|
|Crinkle Crags||5.0km (3.1 miles) away|
|Lingmoor Fell and Side Pike||5.0km (3.1 miles) away|
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