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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.

Visitors walking their dogs through the beautiful estate © John Millar

Visitors walking their dogs through the beautiful estate

Great British Walk

Stepping outdoors and getting to grips with nature is what we're all about.

Allen Banks is the ideal spot if you're after a good ole' walk, peace and quiet blended with picturesque views and plenty to look out for. Perfect for a Great British Walk.

Ranger Chris tells us about his favourite walk, and you can watch it too...

A Great British Walk at Hadrian's Wall

... And as part of the Great British Walk, join us for an eight mile guided walk along Hadrian's Wall, learning about local history throughout the ages looking at stone circles and rock carvings. Plus find out about the National Trust's conservation efforts to manage the area.

Experience underground...

In need of an adventure? Perhaps make it a day to remember by going underground and exploring a North Pennines Lead Mine. We're talking about Smallcleugh Mines in Cumbria! Learn about the history and geology of the area as you duck and dive through the tunnels.

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