Taking a step back in time
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.
- 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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