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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.

Become a National Trust ranger during a Family Working Holiday © National Trust / Heather Cook

Become a National Trust ranger during a Family Working Holiday

Family fun

If you're looking for a way to have the whole family together while doing something that will interest everyone - we have the answer! A Family Working Holiday.

Over the course of a few days you will see exactly what it takes to be a National Trust ranger looking after and conserving a woodland like Allen Banks.

Spring discoveries

Spring is upon us and it's time for the wildlife and nature to waken. There are a few usual suspects that we see around Allen Banks during this time of year, but let us know if you see anything else? Join in the conversation

Enjoy the landscape

Immerse yourself in the wild landscape at Hadrian's Wall and use your camera to capture the picturesque surroundings, all with the help of professional photographer Roger Clegg - a regular here at Allen Banks.

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