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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.

The otters take a dip in the River Allen

Otter numbers are on the up and we have proof! Ranger Chris Johnson recently set up a wildlife camera by the River Allen and we're pleased to say the video shows a family of otters.

This is confirmation that otters are not only living at Allen Banks, but breeding too, providing a good conservation measure by highlighting that the river is in great condition.

Walk Hadrian's Wall

Here, we embrace the snow - and we hope you will too! Snowshoe your way alongside Hadrian's Wall, learning winter walking skills and having some good old fun in the snow!

The 'wobbly' bridge

After a year and a half without the 'wobbly' bridge, it's back! Watch ranger Chris Johnson talk about how it was achieved, what it means to Allen Banks as well as test how wobbly it actually is.

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