Gardens

The woods at Allan Bank will soon be transformed with Autumn colours © John Malley

The woods at Allan Bank will soon be transformed with Autumn colours

Wander through the woods

You'll find rugged woodland, a walled garden and more formal lawns in our grounds at Allan Bank, making it the perfect place for adventure or relaxation.

Each season brings new highlights but the views remain stunning year-round, in any weather.

Take a walk

The garden walk

Wander through the grounds  © Paul Harris

Enjoy an easy stroll along our garden path and take in the stunning views of Grasmere.

Explore the walled garden where Mary Wordsworth once grew gooseberries.

The woodland walk

Take a walk through the shady woods © Paul Harris

If you have time, a full exploration of the woods is a must.

This walk follows a rugged path and forms a circuit that takes about 45 minutes. Explore historic features as you go.

In the summer it is a childs’ paradise, with the ample gardens for them to play… and the positioning, well, it’s an earthly paradise.

Dorothy Wordsworth

Have a picnic

Why not bring a picnic along with you? You can eat it outdoors or in

We have so many peaceful spots for a nice picnic.

A deckchair on the lawn is a particular favourite, or the viewing seat high in the woods is a good option for the more adventurous.

Wherever you end up, you’re guaranteed a lunch with a view.

Spot a red squirrel

There are lots of chances to see squirrels at Aira Force, Ullswater

Working in partnership with Grasmere Red Squirrel Group, we have created a safe haven for Red Squirrels at Allan Bank by introducing feeders.

Keep your eyes peeled when you see a feeder, stay still and quiet and you might just spot one of our furry friends.

Paws welcome

All dogs are welcome at Cragside

Dogs are always welcome at Allan Bank, inside and out.

Our distinct lack of carpets definitely has its advantages when it comes to our canine friends, all we ask is that you keep yours on a lead and under control while you're here.

Play

Is anybody there? © National Trust

Is anybody there?

Hide and Seek

Our woods are the best for hide and seek because there are so many nooks and crannies to hide in, we like to use the sundial on the front lawn as a base to start from.

Play

Have a hoops competition © National Trust

Have a hoops competition

Lawn games

Anyone for a game of giant chequers or hoops?

On dry days we have a great selection of traditional lawn games, so if the sun is shining, let the games begin

Play

Climb a tree and bag one of your 50 things © National Trust

Climb a tree and bag one of your 50 things

Natural playground

Who needs a slide or climbing frame when you’ve got nature?

Head to our natural play area to swing on a rope swing, balance on a fallen log or climb a tree and don’t forget to tick them off your list of 50 things.

Visit us again

  • The whole vale of Grasmere changes colour in Autumn © Thomas Pugh

    Autumn

    Our woodland and the whole valley bursts into colour during autumn, transforming every view.

  • Allan Bank grounds blanketed in snow © National Trust

    Winter

    Crisp mornings are perfect for a walk around our garden, followed by hot tea and cake by the fire...

  • Wander through the grounds  © Paul Harris

    Spring

    The rhododendrons put on a show in Spring, whilst every where else you look is lush and green.

  • Dine al fresco on the lawn at Allan Bank © Paul Harris

    Summer

    Make the most of the warmer days and sunshine with a picnic and games on the lawn.

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