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Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

Gorge of the River Allen with ornamental and ancient woodland

near Ridley Hall, Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 7BP

Two women walk their dogs through the woodland at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

Important notice

Orange Route Closed- Due to dangerous fallen trees the return section of the orange route remains closed. Please stick to the alternative routes.

Planning your visit

Pool of water surrounded by trees and wild plants

Susan Davidson - Victorian Wonder Woman 

We have Susan Davidson to thank for Allen Banks & Staward Gorge as it is today. Created over a lifetime's work, her ‘wilderness garden’ is today one of the largest areas of ancient woodland in the county.

Two visitors walking a dog along a leafy woodland path at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

Visiting Allen Banks with your dog 

With woodland to explore, sticks, and plenty of ground to cover, Allen Banks is a slice of canine heaven. Bring your dog here for an outdoor treat. Allen Banks and Staward Gorge is a one pawprint rated place. 

A group of people sitting in the woodland at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge outside a wooden structure

Family-friendly things to do at Allen Banks & Staward Gorge 

Get out into nature and explore ancient woodlands, discover wild animals and take some time out to tackle a few of the activities on your list of ‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’. Whether you’re searching for six-legged critters on a bug hunt or building a den, the woodland at Allen Banks is the perfect place for family fun.


Allen Banks and Staward Gorge map 

Take a look at the map of Allen Banks and Staward Gorge to help plan your visit.

A young child and her mother bending down to look at flowers in the Sunken Garden in May at Castle Ward, County Down, Northern Ireland

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