Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

Autumn at Allen banks

Important notice -

Our car park is open. We have limited spaces, so if the car park is full please come back another time. Our toilets will remain closed and bins will not be provided until further notice.

Gorge of the River Allen with ornamental and ancient woodland

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

Things to see and do 

Cut and dry rhododendron ready for the kiln

Using rhododendron to make charcoal 

Find out how the rangers turn invasive rhododendron at Allen Banks into charcoal

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

What's on

Upcoming events

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Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

Our work

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge


Trees at Allen Banks in summer

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

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