We were thrilled to re-open Allan Bank on 4th December. It was a good opportunity to view the large scale portraits of Wordsworth, Coleridge and Rawnsley drawn by Sarah Jackman. Despite the inclement weather, visitors were pleased to stretch their legs in the beautiful surroundings. Between Christmas and New Year, visitors enjoyed toasting marshmallows over the brazier, accompanied by a warming hot chocolate.
During the quieter months of January and February we can now focus on our essential building project, with funding from the government through the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Unfortunately woodworm have eaten their way through a few of the ceiling and floor beams. They are now being repaired so that the Mountain Heritage Trust Library can be returned to the ground floor. The building team are also focusing on improving air circulation and drainage in the cellars, to help reduce the warm, humid conditions that the woodworm favour. Other essential tasks will also be carried out to maintain the necessary services within the building.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back in March, but this will obviously depend on government guidelines. With longer days and brighter weather it will be a great opportunity to pack a picnic and enjoy the wonderful views at Allan Bank. Do remember a free garden pass for local residents can be obtained on proof of address.
In order to help us manage capacity and keep everyone safe, we will be asking visitors to pre-book their arrival slot. For further details and to book your visit, please visit our website: nationaltrust.org.uk/allan-bank-and-grasmere Katriona Field, Welcome Manager, Allan Bank