William Wordsworth at Allan Bank.

 Last week I took myself off to Keswick and spent a quiet week taking my camera out and about and also reading, writing, scrapbooking and painting. It was great!
 On the Tuesday it looked to be the best day of the week weather wise so I got the bus to Grasmere, a 20 minute bus ride from Keswick to stroll around the ancient village that is so closely associated with William Wordsworth and his family.
I wanted to visit Allan Bank ,the house on the hill , overlooking Grasmere ,that he and his family rented for a few years after they left Dove Cottage as it was becoming too crowded for their  growing family.

 So after buying some tasty Gingerbread from the famous shop I set off up the little lane that runs up from the village centre. It's a lovely walk and probably very little has changed since William walked along this way each day to the village . Autumn was turning the trees to russet and gold and all around there were signs that we are approaching the last season of the year.

View  across the fields near Allan Bank

Black and white gives a different feel

Moss and lichens cover the old stone walls

A view back down the lane towards Grasmere village
looking back towards Grasmere, the lane William would have walked daily

Grasmere Lake from the house

 The house is not quite the same as when the  Wordsworths lived there, as it was altered later by the owners in the mid 19th century but you can still see the rooms he would have known.
In the summer it was a wonderful setting and they had many friends to stay but in the chilly winters the chimneys smoked and the cellar was damp. Dorothy his sister found it hard work!

 The sundial in the garden

A tree swing ,perhaps exactly as Wordsworth's children would have played on.

The front of the house

I sat in the house watching as our native Red squirrel came for nuts

William  probably sat here looking out at the view of the surrounding woods

 The views from inside are just as good as outside

 The house is owned by the National Trust and since a major fire it has been taken back to the bare bones with no hint of restoration to its former self but each room has a theme where you can paint or read or knit or write, whatever inspires you . It 's a lovely place to sit quietly and think of the past lives of the people who have shaped this small corner of the Lake District.


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