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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.

There are plenty of things to see and do - 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 and a number of mammals such as roe deer, dormice, otters and bats, you are never alone.

The team are dedicated to maintaining and improving the site to preserve its natural history for the public to enjoy.

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

At present the swing bridge is damaged - the team will be restoring it ASAP © Wyn Barnes

At present the swing bridge is damaged - the team will be restoring it ASAP

Thank you!

Thanks to all of you lovely people and some amazing donations, plans to rebuild the ‘wobbly’ bridge and repair the deteriorating footpaths can now be put into place after achieving the £100,000 target.

Work will hopefully start at the beginning of July and be completed towards the end of September 2014.

Thank you again.


50 Things to do before you're 11 ¾

Here, you can complete a lot of '50 things to do before you're 11¾' tasks and during a Bushcraft Day event you can do even more with the help of our rangers.

Make your way outdoors

Whether you're walking or running there's plenty of routes to choose from with resting spots along the way and picnic benches to stop for a well-deserved snack.

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