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Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

off A69 east of Bardon Mill, Bardon Mill, Hexham NE47 7BP, England
+44 1434 321888
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A hilly walk with the dog

This is signposted from the A69 and pretty easy to find without a sat nav. There is a decent size... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stuart N
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Undulating walk

A lovely walk along the river but don't expect it to be flat. We did the longer walk that includes... read more

Reviewed February 24, 2018
DURHAM_JC77
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Durham, United Kingdom
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Gorge of the River Allen with ornamental and ancient woodland Take a walk on the wild side at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge, one of the largest areas of ancient woodland in Northumberland. This extensive area of gorge and river scenery, including the 41-hectare (101-acre) Stawardpeel Site of Special Scientific Interest, has miles of waymarked walks through ornamental and ancient woods. 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. Look out for the remains of a medieval pele tower and a reconstructed Victorian summer-house - and with over 70 species of birds spotted at Allen Banks as well as a wide range of wildlife you are never alone. All of the woodland area sits within the North Pennines AONB.
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off A69 east of Bardon Mill, Bardon Mill, Hexham NE47 7BP, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is signposted from the A69 and pretty easy to find without a sat nav. There is a decent size car park which is free to national trust members although you have to scan your card to get a ticket. There were 3 different routes...More

Thank Stuart N
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Reviewed February 24, 2018 via mobile

A lovely walk along the river but don't expect it to be flat. We did the longer walk that includes Staward Peel and there were a lot of uphill sections. It also turned out to be a bit longer than the distance stated at around...More

Thank DURHAM_JC77
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Reviewed November 3, 2017 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed this lovely walk , peaceful along the river with good paths and beautiful Autumn colours.

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Reviewed October 15, 2017 via mobile

Had a lovely walk. It was a rainy day and we had to negotiate closed roads due to landslides but well worth the de tour.

Thank miranda1511
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Reviewed September 27, 2017 via mobile

Lovely woodland walk by the river. The info map needs updating as is fading. Some walks are unaccessible due to land slide. Very relaxing and peaceful.

Thank ijdickson
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Reviewed September 10, 2017 via mobile

Land slip has closed riverside footpath to Plankey Mill but diversions around are not signposted early enough, resulting in steeper climbs than necessary. More closed paths and diversions to get to Staward Pele which was completely missed until passing the information board. Walking back to...More

Thank Martin K
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Reviewed September 2, 2017

We walked the upper walk, as the lower one is currently closed, due to landslip.The car park and toilets are great, even open at night, when we went back to stargaze.The first bit of the walk is very steep and shale, so a bit slippery,...More

Thank Laurie424
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Reviewed August 22, 2017

A lovely walk through the woods, some steep sections, because of the closed areas following landslips it was sometimes a little tricky to know we were still on the right path, a few more waymarkers would have been reassuring. Great for dogs and as its...More

Thank Caroline W
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Reviewed August 20, 2017

We met two other parties lost on our walks. Thinking it was national trust it would be well signposted and looked like it was all colour coded. Only in certain places. We tried the purple route to the tarn. It starts over the river so...More

Thank cheeksqueak
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Reviewed August 2, 2017 via mobile

We had an afternoon walk here. We did the 3 mile walk to plankey mill and back to the car park. Some areas are closed but this did not impact our walk. It was quiet and peaceful, bit steep to start with but the return...More

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Joe c
August 31, 2016|
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Response from missyirwing |
It is partially open according to the National Trust website. Three of the paths are still closed due to land movements. I checked it out earlier as I am planning to visit in the near future.
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