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.


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!

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!


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


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!


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




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