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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.

Try a Taste of Adventure for something new © Paul Harris

Try a Taste of Adventure for something new

Looking for an adventure?

Think making your way underground and through the historic Tyne Bottom Mine, then heading to Allen Banks to abseil down the impressive Raven Crag and getting to grips with nature - this, is a Taste of Adventure.

Phew, think you can handle it? It's on 24 May, 19 July or the 1 August.

Spring discoveries

Spring is upon us and it's time for the wildlife and nature to waken. There are a few usual suspects that we see around Allen Banks during this time of year, but let us know if you see anything else? Join in the conversation

Hadrian's Wall WHS

Learn about this World Heritage Site

Spend Saturday 18 April at Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site to celebrate International Day for Monuments and Sites - it's a really special day for all the World Heritage Sites around the world.

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