Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

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Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge
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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.
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Dilly4472
Spilsby, UK654 contributions
Lovely stroll
Sep 2020 • Couples
Beautiful walk through this wooded valley and beside river. Very tranquil. Loads of bird song. In a few weeks time I guess the autumn colours will be spectacular. After heavy rain it was quite mucky - go prepared with stout footwear. Sadly some paths and suspension bridge are no longer available due to landslides and fallen trees. However we did a good 3.4 mile circuit from carpark to Plankey Mill on west side of river, returning on east side and crossing back to carpark on the road bridge.
Written September 23, 2020
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Gizmoid
York, UK30 contributions
Lovely walk - Beautiful place
Jul 2020 • Family
Walked from the NT car park (£2 for 4 hours or £4 all day) to Plankey Mill - approx 3 mile round trip (not suitable for pushchairs). Crossed over the bridge at Plankey Mill and back the other side. Plenty to keep my 9 and 11 year olds interested, including lots of wildlife. The river path has slipped away at one point but the detour is clearly marked. The path can be steep at points and I would keep tightly hold of younger children as some of the slopes are incredibly steep. There is a little beach where it is possible to paddle and skim stones. Lovely place.
Written July 28, 2020
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Tinkerbelle
Chester-le-Street, UK267 contributions
Plankey Mill open
May 2020 • Family
29/5/20 visited today not too busy £2 entry fee. New bridge as the older rickety one has been taken away. Did the circular walk and most people social distancing !!
Take a snack and drink if you’re planning on staying for a bit as the little take away shop no longer there. There is a toilet which wasn’t too bad if you ignore the flaky paint 😀 it was clean enough and had loo roll and free to use at the farmhouse. Lots of people enjoying the sun and a splash in the river, a great day and would return. Not much changed in the last 45 years or so, still a lovely spot.
Written May 29, 2020
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chris c
Scarborough, UK43 contributions
Amazing river walk
Oct 2019 • Couples
We had a beautiful walk today along the newly restored middle path which was great at this time of year with the trees changing cookout. The walk is not particularly easy as it is up and down but it’s well worth the effort.
We went there and back along the same path however despite the wonky bridge being washed away it is still possible to return along the opposite side of the river as well.
Written October 23, 2019
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Eyesightphoto
Newark-on-Trent, UK8 contributions
Really Enjoyable walk
Sep 2019
Allen Banks and Steward Gorge suffered much damage during the storm of 2016 washing away much of the riverside bank and thus we had to climb uneven steps to travel along the gorge, certainly not suitable to those with walking difficulties.
The maps need updating as the lower walk is still shown as is the swing bridge. Only a small sticker on the front of the leaflet informs and we missed this. Climbing upto the top of the gorge was strenuous for us with uneven steps. However the walk back down to the car park was easy.
We really enjoyed the walk and will visit again if in area. The dog really enjoyed it though top marks from him.
Written October 15, 2019
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Pippa65
Kent, UK497 contributions
Peaceful gorge and woodland walk
Sep 2019
Do pick up the leaflet at the start of the walk to see if parts are closed - they are cutting down certain trees which are not native plus the usual forestry business - they stick a label on the leaflet to tell you the current situation if it is different from the walks described.

A little bit rough in places but with a couple of Leki walking sticks I did not find it a bother - I went as far as Planchey Farm. There are shorter walks. There is a toilet by the car park.

There are places where livestock are grazing and if you have a dog you need to take a lead.
Written September 30, 2019
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Joanne A
Bridlington, UK49 contributions
Stunning
Sep 2019 • Family
We were staying just outside Haltwhistle & came here for a walk with the dog on one of the few days it didn't rain! Beautiful location & a lovely walk. Definitely worth a visit.
Written September 5, 2019
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Jack R
Exeter, UK551 contributions
Wonderful peaceful place
Jul 2019
We had a splendid time at Allen Banks. There is a fabulous walk along the gorge and down to the river, where the dog played for ages swimming in the water and chasing sticks. It rained fairly frequently, but we always found shelter under trees or in the little summerhouse at the top of the gorge. The climb up is quite steep but we felt very virtuous when we got up there. Very lovely. we are so glad for the National Trust keeping places like this preserved.
Written August 13, 2019
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Regina Elliott
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK4 contributions
Fun but challenging
Apr 2019 • Family
Allen banks and steward gorge is a great place to go if you use the map.when I went I got lost but enjoyed it not for young children or the elderly. Very steep hills beautiful place .
Written August 11, 2019
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Nancy W
6 contributions
Beautiful
Aug 2019 • Friends
I wonderful place for a walk, really stunning and comfortable walking. One of my companions was able to walk the paths comfortably despite being in their 80’s. It will be even better if the bridge is replaced after being washed away in 20-6.
Written August 9, 2019
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