Eating and shopping at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

A family enjoy a picnic on a sunny day at Allen Banks

Visit us with your family, dog or group and explore the woodland at Allen Banks before resting for a home-made picnic or traveling on to one of our local eateries.

Picnic in style at Allen Banks

Allen Banks is one of Northumberland's largest area of ancient woodland - so what better place to bring a picnic than here?
There's no shop on site so why not pack all of your favourite goodies and something to wash them down with and enjoy it at one of our picnic benches. Alternatively, there are some local and wonderful places to eat and explore, including our Visitor Centre.

What is here?

Other options

If you prefer to eat on the move, stop at the summerhouse for unbeatable views...

Book worm?

...or read Lawrence Hewer's poems as you enjoy your meal...

Comfort break?

...there are toilet facilities on-site near to the welcome area, please help yourself...

Tidy up

...all we ask is that you please take your litter to the nearest bin.

Housesteads Visitor Centre

Our Visitor Centre is just a stone's throw away, next to the iconic Hadrian's Wall.
Here, you can buy a variety of refreshments, both hot and cold, as well as treats for afterwards. There is an outdoor play area and your four-legged friends are welcome too!
Near Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 6NN. Tel: 01434 344525

The Garden Station

The Garden Station Café is a restored Victorian railway station in a woodland garden in Langley-on-Tyne, near Hexham in beautiful Northumberland.
Here, you will find a garden, art exhibitions and a café serving locally-sourced food.
Langley-On-Tyne nr Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 5LA. Tel: 01434 684391
Visit the website for opening times

Bardon Mill Village Tea Room and Shop

This quaint little beauty is a shop, tea room and a delicatessen all-in-one.
The tea room offers hot and cold drinks as well as delicious home-baked cakes, it's a place to sit and watch village life from the window overlooking the green, or to take time out from a walk or cycle along the South Tyne Valley.
Bardon Mill, Hexham, NE47 7HX. Tel: 07756 790108
Visit the website for opening times