There are two walks that you can enjoy, one through the woodland part of the garden, and the other through the remains of the main garden and walled garden.
The woodland path is quite strenuous in places, but includes a viewing tunnel and carefully placed seating.
Allan Bank was built in 1805, and immediately incurred the wrath of Wordsworth. He was an outspoken critic of the house when it was being built, finding fault with it's aspect as well as it's design. However, pragmatism took over from his aesthetic disgust when he needed a larger house for his ever growing family, and in 1808 he became it's first tenant!
The house lived up to his expectations. It was highly susceptible to the biting north westerly winds and poor design meant that the fires did not draw properly, making it expensive to heat. In 1811 he decided that he could no longer afford to live in the property and the family moved to a house opposite the Church in Grasmere village. Allan Bank was subsequently let to a less famous, yet presumably more agreeable tenant.
In 1915 the house became home to arguably one of the most influential characters in the modern history of not just the Lake District, but also the country as a whole, Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley.
Although little known, Rawnsley's influence can still be felt to this day. A student of social reformer John Ruskin, he influenced and encouraged a young Beatrix Potter to continue to study and draw, and also to publish her books. Along with his wife Edith he founded the Keswick School of Industrial art, and was a founding member of both the Friends of the Lake District and the National Trust.
He remained at Allan Bank until his death in 1920, and bequeathed the house to the National Trust. It was rented out to private tenants until it was gutted by fire in 2011. After extensive repair work was completed, it was opened to the public in 2012.