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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.
The generosity from the public, our local fundraising and volunteer groups towards saving the 'wobbly' bridge has been amazing and although we've conquered the first hurdle through Crowdfunder we still need your help.
To donate please send a cheque made out to 'National Trust' to: Eric Wilton, Unit A, Council Yard, Haltwhistle, Hexham, Northumberland, NE49 0ND. Alternatively drop in to see us or follow the link...
The dismantling of the 'wobbly' bridge
On Wednesday 22 Jan, Haydon Construction dismantled Allen Banks Victorian suspension bridge.
Maintaining vital parts
Haydon Construction worked hard to maintain vital parts of the bridge that will hopefully be re-used.
The floods also damaged the surrounding pathways causing cracks in the ground and making the surface uneven, these also need to be restored.
Help to re-build the bridge
It took one day to dismantle the bridge and hopefully we will be able to start re-building it very soon.
Allen Banks bridge
We hope this appeal will help us to restore the bridge to its former glory.
Save the 'wobbly' bridge
The bridge has been ruined, with trees caught in the cables.
The Victorian suspension bridge
It's not just the bridge, the surrounding pathways have also been damaged.
Trees and other debris have been found in the River Allen.