History

Taking a step back in time

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

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

The northern end of the Allen Banks estate was largely created by Victorian wonder woman Susan Davidson over 30 years as a ‘wilderness garden’. The southern, wilder end of the site at Staward Gorge is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is where you will find the ancient Staward Pele Tower.

Discover

  • The largest area of ancient semi-natural woodland in Northumberland.
  • The Victorian swing bridge, which has been restored by the National Trust team.
  • Ancient monuments.
  • The Watchtower that was recently repaired to its former glory.
  • The River Allen.
  • Towering crags that help create an experience of wilderness and escape from urban living.
  • Beautiful wildlife.
  • Wonderful woodland.
  • Secluded swimming spots.

Where it all began...

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