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“A lovely walk in the country”

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge
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Owner description: Gorge of the River Allen with ornamental and ancient woodland Take a walk on the wild side at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge, one of the largest areas of ancient woodland in Northumberland. This extensive area of gorge and river scenery, including the 41-hectare (101-acre) Stawardpeel Site of Special Scientific Interest, has miles of waymarked walks through ornamental and ancient woods. Largely created by Susan Davidson, Allen Banks has become a fantastic home for flora, fauna and fungi. It is also well known for its carpet of bluebells and ramsons, commonly known as wild garlic, which covers the woodland floor in spring and early summer. Look out for the remains of a medieval pele tower and a reconstructed Victorian summer-house - and with over 70 species of birds spotted at Allen Banks as well as a wide range of wildlife you are never alone. All of the woodland area sits within the North Pennines AONB.
Reviewed 27 July 2014

We took a spontaneous trip to this country walk today. The area is marked as a SSSI (Site of Scientific Special Interest) and it does not fail to impress. The walks are of varying degrees of difficulty, with a number of steep hills and inclines. Make sure you have a good set of walking shoes on. The walks are predominantly a loop, so decide which side to start on and away you go. It probably takes a good couple of hours to do the shortest walk. With the River Allen running through it, the area is just beautiful. The site is free but there is pay and display parking - free for National Trust members.

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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Enjoyed a lovely afternoon at Allen Banks. We had a lovely 3 mile walk with the dog, it is best to wear good boots as it can be slippy in some areas of the walks. Excellent views and a lovely peaceful location.
If you want food or a cuppa bring a Pic-Nic, plenty of tables or nice grassy areas. Free parking if you are a NT member.
This location is motorhome friendly, their is a bridge with a height limit of 3.35m/11Ft.

1  Thank mazz63
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

We visited on Easter Sunday and the children took part in an egg hunt for a £1 charge. This involved them looking for clues as we walked around which certainly made the walk more interesting.

We took our dog as did many other walkers but all were well controlled and there was no mess which was good to see.

There are no facilities for food or drink so make sure you take your own

Parking was good - £2 for 4 hours.

Will definitely return

1  Thank nicholahall
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

Beautiful place to walk, lots of trees to hide behind to scare the kiddies! Trees in full autumn colours meant it was a truly spectacular sight! Even saw a young buck feeding

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Reviewed 30 October 2013

Visit this area about once a year and always go to Allen Banks for a walk. Nice large car park and a choice of walks. Lovely in every season.

1  Thank Francesca R
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