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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.

NB: All of the woodland area sits within the North Pennines AONB.

Visitors walking their dogs through the beautiful estate © John Millar

Visitors walking their dogs through the beautiful estate

Great British Walk

Stepping outdoors and getting to grips with nature is what we're all about.

Allen Banks is the ideal spot if you're after a good ole' walk, peace and quiet blended with picturesque views and plenty to look out for.

Ranger Chris knows all about this and here he is, telling us about his favourite spot...

Have an adventure

In need of an adventure? Perhaps make it a day to remember by going underground at Nenthead Mines exploring Smallcleugh Mines in particular, learning about the history of the area as you go.

Ranger question time

Do you have any burning questions about the land and how the National Trust conserves it? Well, come along to 'Ranger Question Time' at Housesteads on selected Mondays and ask anything you'd like.

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