Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

Two trees in the River Allen

Important notice -

Allen Banks is closed as the pathways have suffered from severe landslips and flood damage in the past month. Paths are unsafe for walkers at present so please don’t attempt to walk here. We hope to re-open the less damaged routes as soon as we can.

Gorge of the River Allen with ornamental and ancient woodland

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

What's on 

Stargazing

Events at Allen Banks 

As Allen Banks is closed, we've made the difficult decision to cancel many of the events planned for the up and coming months. However, there's still some events taking place nearby, such as a star gazing evening at Ridley Hall. Come and join us...

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

History

Allen Banks river

A wilderness garden was created... 

Once upon a time, during the 1800s, Susan Davidson was the owner of Allen Banks. She created all the paths here, making it a wilderness garden. With its exotic plants (for the time) and stunning views across the valley, we like to call her Wonder Woman. Susan's idea was always to have others enjoy this special place and we're continuing that tradition. Thank you Susan.

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

Get involved

Behind the scenes at the National Trust

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

Places to stay

The single storey Peel Bothy sits in miles of rolling countryside

Holiday at a World Heritage Site 

We could be biased but we love Northumberland. With its rolling green hills, stunning scenery (if we do say so ourselves) and some truly brilliant places to visit. To help, there's three self catering holiday cottages situated alongside the iconic World Heritage Site, Hadrian’s Wall. It's the perfect place for a getaway and to admire the stars - especially as they're the darkest skies in England.