Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

A group sit by the Summerhouse at Allen Banks

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

Balsam bashing

Thu 17 Aug 2017
Join the rangers at Northumberland's largest semi-ancient natural woodland to tackle the non-native (and invasive) Himalayan Balsam.

Fungi foray

Sun 24 Sep 2017
Enjoy a half day walk around Allen Banks to explore rare and unusual fungi, some of which are edible and others deadly!
Allen Banks and Staward Gorge


A picture of the 'Wobbly' Bridge at Allen Banks

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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Get your hands dirty at Allen Banks

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

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