Bardon Mill Station to Allen Banks

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The South Tyne river crossed near Bardon Mill © National Trust

The South Tyne river crossed near Bardon Mill

The oldest of the Yew Trees at Beltingham Church © National Trust

The oldest of the Yew Trees at Beltingham Church

Ridley Hall © National Trust

Ridley Hall

Route overview

A short walk from Bardon Mill station to Allen Banks taking in the River Tyne, the ancient Yew tree at Beltingham Church yard and open countryside before heading into the wooded valley of the River Allen.

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Map of Bardon Mill to Allen Banks trail
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Bardon Mill train station

  1. Leave the station heading east and go over the railway crossing. Follow the road and cross the river via the footbridge.

    Show/HideSouth Tyne River

    The South Tyne rises on Alston Moor and flows through the North Pennines AONB before passing Haltwhistle, Haydon Bridge and ultimately joining the North Tyne at Warden Rock near Hexham which has been dubbed 'The Meeting of the Waters', it then flows as the River Tyne heading to Newcastle and out to the North Sea. These rivers provide an important breeding ground for migratory salmonids and brown trout plus a whole host of other wildlife including Otter, Water Vole, Birds, and Bats. To find out more visit the Tyne Rivers Trust website.

    The South Tyne river crossed near Bardon Mill © National Trust
  2. When you meet the road head left and continue all the way to Beltingham.

  3. In the village of Beltingham take a small detour to the church yard and see the ancient Yew trees round the back of the church. Leave the church yard and continue in the direction you were out of Beltingham.

    Show/HideAncient Yew Trees

    Visiting the ancient Yews is not to be missed.There are three ancient Yew trees in the grounds of St Cuthbert's Church in Beltingham.The Yew to the North side is said to be around 900 years old, one of the oldest Yews in Britain today, the other two are around 400 years old. The main part of the church dates back to the 15th century while older sections date back circa 1260. Another feature here is a 7th century Saxon Cross which along with the Yews and all being at the center of Britain suggests this was once regarded as a highly sacred place.

    The oldest of the Yew Trees at Beltingham Church © National Trust
  4. At the road junction head left.

  5. There’s a public footpath on your right after about 100 yards, follow this across the fields past the ‘haha’ until you reach the gate into Allen Banks. The large house on your left is Ridley Hall, whose former owners landscaped Allen Banks into what we see today. Once in the woods head left to make your way down to the car park or right to explore further.

    Show/HideHa-Ha & Ridley Hall

    The purpose of a Ha-Ha is to stop grazing stock entering a garden whilst providing a view from the house (or from Ridley Hall as in this case) where the garden and landscape appear to blend together without any disruption, it is only when getting close you can see how the optical illusion was created by a retaining wall hidden behind a sloping landscape, people finding out for the first time that they had fallen for such a visual trick provided much amusement which gave rise to the name Ha-Ha.

    Ridley Hall © National Trust

End: Allen Banks

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 1.6miles
  • Time: 45mins
  • OS Map: Explorer OL43 or Landranger 87
  • Terrain:

    Established footpaths, minor roads and field paths.

  • How to get here:

    Bardon Mill station is on the Newcastle to Carlisle line operated by Northern Rail.

  • Facilities:

    Toilets and picnic tables at Allen Banks car park.

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