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Lovely walk with the family. 5 Kids and 2 Adults, we loved it. The kids played in the water and we... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2018
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Nice walk but you do need to reasonably fit

We decided to go to this location after reading the National Trust guidebook. Very easy to find... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2018
David T
Whitley Bay, 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...more
off A69 east of Bardon Mill, Bardon Mill, Hexham NE47 7BP, England
+44 1434 321888
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Reviewed 4 October 2018

Lovely walk with the family. 5 Kids and 2 Adults, we loved it. The kids played in the water and we had a long walk and picnic. Defo will return.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 1 October 2018

First visit to Allen Banks for a couple of years - and nothing has changed. There is no suspension bridge, nor any sign of any plans for one. The walk on the west bank is still closed, with no sign of any progress being made....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 17 August 2018

We decided to go to this location after reading the National Trust guidebook. Very easy to find just off the A69 (Newcastle to Carlisle). Decent size car park and free for National Trust members but you must scan your card and get a ticket which...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank David T
Reviewed 7 August 2018

A nice climb up toward Staward Gorge. There was evidently a partial landslide closing off part of the trail, so I didn't complete the loop but still had a nice time. They could use better trail markers, IMO, as the green gorge trail tacks on...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ginny K
Reviewed 28 June 2018

Really enjoyed our first visit to Allen Banks - as previusly reported the Suspension Bridge has been destroyed following storms, so walk along gorge is diverted to top path which unfortunately does not give such good views of the gorge. The best option is to...More

Date of experience: June 2018
4  Thank Lord E
Reviewed 29 May 2018

We had hoped to walk alongside the river but the pathway was closed so we were diverted up a stone path. We turned round and went back to the beginning to take alternative route. A bit much for us 'strollers' but none the less enjoyable....More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Jane C
Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

Took my son, daughter in law and two grandsons for a day out to Plankey Mill. I checked their website yesterday and everything was fine according to them but when we got there it was closed. This was a total joke how could they not...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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AllenBanks, Allen Banks and Staward Gorge at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2018

We’re very sorry to hear about your negative experience at Plankey Mill. Plankey Mill is not owned or managed by the National Trust so we cannot assist with your query. Kind regards, the Allen Banks team.

Reviewed 25 April 2018

This place is very easy to find, the sat nav is spot on and also there are signs on the A69 that you can follow. We came down on a Sunday and to be honest it was very quiet. Which was good. It is quite...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank KH2691
Reviewed 12 April 2018 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

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 24 February 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

Date of experience: February 2018
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Mani T
26 April 2018|
Response from AllenBanks | Property representative |
Hi, thanks for getting in touch - the bluebells are just starting to flower now, there's some pictures of the spring flowers taken last week on our facebook page - AllenBanksNT
Joe c
31 August 2016|
Response from Mark4Sharon |
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.