Grasmere - Allan Bank - Butharlyp Howe - Grasmere

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'The loveliest spot that man hath ever found...' Not our words but those of William Wordsworth – and who could disagree with him? The picturesque village of Grasmere is nestled by the eponymous lake in a dramatic bowl of Lakeland fells. This walk strolls through the village the poet loved, passing the church where he was finally laid to rest and then visits Allan Bank. This is a Georgian house just outside the village. Wordsworth condemned it as 'a temple of abomination' when it was being built but he must have reconsidered his opinion, because he moved there in 1808 when Dove Cottage became too small for his growing family. There is evidence that he played a part in designing the gardens and the route includes a walk through the grounds, with dramatic views of the lake. The house is also now open to the public. This can be omitted, if you wish, albeit at the expense of the best views. The route returns round Butharlyp (Butterlip) Howe, a small hill on the edge of the village, before a pleasant riverside walk leads back to the start.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - South East


Cafe, Church, Flowers, Gift Shop, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Mountains, National Trust, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Stately Home, Tea Shop, Toilets, Woodland
9/25/2021 - James Brinkworth

Nice little walk in and around Grasmere. Allan Bank was closed including the walk by the house and through the tunnel so we had to double back a little. Nonetheless, a good, gentle start to our week in The Lakes.

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