Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

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

With its deep gorge, created by the River Allen, and the largest area of ancient semi-natural woodland in Northumberland, this 250-hectare (617-acre) site provides the perfect setting for an adventure.

Largely created by Susan Davidson, Allen Banks has become a fantastic home for flora, fauna and fungi. It is also well known for its carpet of bluebells and ramsons, commonly known as wild garlic, which covers the woodland floor in spring and early summer.

Since the storm damage in 2016, parts are still inaccessible, however there are still woodland walks aplenty and with over 70 species of birds spotted at Allen Banks as well as a wide range of wildlife such as red squirrels, you are never alone.

NB: All of the woodland area sits within the North Pennines AONB.

Opening times can be found here


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