Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

Allen Banks in autumn
Enjoy the vibrant colours of autumn at Allen Banks Laura Jackson

Gorge of the River Allen with ornamental and ancient woodland

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

Things to see and do

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

What's on 

A group doing some bushcraft skills
Learn all about the outdoors during a bushcraft event John Millar

Events at Allen Banks 

We love that this is a rugged woodland, it's the ultimate outdoor experience and if you're looking for a way to learn about the place and new things, we have a range of events running throughout the year. There's bushcraft events, guided walks, wildlife themed activities and more.

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

Eating and shopping

A group having a picnic by the summerhouse
Go back to basics with a picnic and have a real outdoor experience John Millar

Down your blanket... 

It's the ideal place for a picnic here! There's no shop or cafe nearby so it's an opportunity to pack up all your favourite treats and enjoy a lunch or dinner with stunning views in a relaxed atmosphere... without a huge price tag! All we ask is that you take your rubbish to a bin. Thank you.

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge


A black and white image of the original Victorian suspension bridge
The original Victorian suspension bridge at Allen Banks Northumberland County Council

Discover the past 

Once upon a time, during the 1800s, Susan Davidson was the owner of Allen Banks. She created all the paths here, making it a wilderness garden. With its exotic plants (for the time) and stunning views across the valley, we like to call her Wonder Woman. Susan's idea was always to have others enjoy this special place and we're continuing that tradition. Thank you Susan.

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge


A red squirrel among some ferns and leaves.
The rare red squirrel can be spotted at Allen Banks National Trust Images / John Millar

Watch out for wildlife 

The quiet woodland with the River Allen offers a haven for wildlife. From the elusive dormice to deer, and otters to badgers there are plenty of species living here, what will you see during your visit?

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

Our work

James stoking the charcoal burner
Ranger James hard at work burning rhodedendron National Trust / Victoria Gibson

Conservation work 

Allen Banks spans quite a distance into the valley and there's lots to be done to keep it accessible as well as habitable for wildlife and nature. The rangers adhere to a Woodland Management Plan and always have the woodland's best interests at heart, making it enjoyable for all.

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

Get involved

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

Places to stay

The single storey Peel Bothy sits in miles of rolling countryside
You're just a stone's throw from Hadrian's Wall National Trust / Roger Coulam

Holiday at a World Heritage Site 

Within this small (but impressive) portfolio, there's three holiday cottages available to rent. They're situated alongside the iconic World Heritage Site, Hadrian’s Wall. It's the perfect place for a getaway and to admire the stars - especially as it's within Europe's largest Dark Sky Park.