Allen Banks and Staward Gorge, Hexham

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Outdoor Activity · Hidden Gem
Allen Banks & Staward Gorge is National Trust property in the English county of Northumberland.
It is a Victorian garden in a gorge of the River Allen cutting through woodland. The ruins of Staward Peel, a medieval pele tower, stand on a promontory above the gorge. The property has been designated a site of special scientific interest for its rich flora and fauna. There is a large suspension bridge which has been ruined by the flooding of January 2005.
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  • Beautiful walk through this wooded valley and beside river. Very tranquil. Loads of bird song. In a few weeks time I guess the autumn colours will be spectacular. After heavy rain it was quite mucky.....  more »
  • Walked from the NT car park (£2 for 4 hours or £4 all day) to Plankey Mill - approx 3 mile round trip (not suitable for pushchairs). Crossed over the bridge at Plankey Mill and back the other side...  more »
  • Lovely walk - there are several walks on the National Trust website which have coloured waymarkers around the area (though a little unclear at times). Be aware it is a steep-ish climb up to the Tarn in parts, but very peaceful. Plenty of parking - £2 or free for National Trust members, and there's a nice picnic area. Toilets available in the car park.
  • Wonderful place to visit with your dog, especially on hot sunny days. Plenty of shade from the trees and places along the river to paddle.
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