Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

Visitors having a picnic by the summerhouse

Important notice -

Tuesday 18 June: toilets closed due to unplanned maintenance work. Please note that the bridge at Plankey Mill will be closed for maintenance week commencing 24 June. Access to Plankey Mill will be on the East side of the river only.

Gorge of the River Allen with ornamental and ancient woodland

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

Things to see and do 

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

What's on

Upcoming events

Summer holiday bushcraft

Wed 24 Jul 2019
Join the ranger team for bushcraft activities in Allen Banks woodland.
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

Places to stay

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