We had seen the signs for Allan Bank the week before when we met some friends to go walking from Grasmere. It is only a little way out of Grasmere and is a magical place to walk into.
It has been in the hands of the National Trust for long time but only since a fire last year (I think) has it been open to the public. There is a lot of empty space, there are a few boards telling you who has lived there (including Wordsworth and the founder of the NT) and some fantastic views. They have a place to sit and read, coffee (free for members) and cake to buy with papers and books to read. There are jigsaws, chess board and lots other things to do for both young and old or the space to just relax and pass some time. There is a lot of space both inside and out and red squirrels in the garden.
The black boards on the walls for peoples suggestions are great and it is amazing how many people have said do nothing, leave it as it is. Our vote was for that.
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