National Trust Lake District gems – part one!

We are up in the Lakes for a few days and maxing out the National Trust card! Before leaving we searched the NT guide for new places to visit and old places to return to – and did we come across some great places! So it only seemed right to share them with you.

Allan Bank on the edge of Grasmere was rescued from a fire in 2011; its been partially restored but each room has become a creative space for people to experience the house.

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We played in the playroom, explored the games room, knitted, tried out old typewriters and all while drinking (free) cups of tea from beautiful china cups!

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But by far our favourite was the art room. Loads of paints, paper, chalks, pastels and THE MOST inspiring view. T set to painting straight away, the boys set themselves up on the easels positioned in the windows and created amazing pictures – who wouldn’t with such amazing views!

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Then outside into the woods to build dens, play on rope swings and hunt for tunnels.

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G, E and T all need to be both creative and active so Allan Bank was a perfect mix of this – E’s verdict was ‘Fantastico!’

I sort off don’t want to tell you about the next one – just keep it a secret. It is badly signposted and has a tiny car park. But oh when you get there!! The most beautiful beach – amazing views – and all against the backdrop of rolling sand dunes. When we arrived the rangers were running a sandcastle competition (cue competitive Dad!) and looking at insects found in ponds and in the sand. We all had a ball!

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Oh and I nearly forgot to tell you – its called Sandscale Haws, near Barrow – but don’t tell anyone. Shhh.

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