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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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Really enjoyed our first visit to Allen Banks - as previusly reported the Suspension Bridge has... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lord E
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Rayleigh, United Kingdom
Beautiful setting a few too many hills for us.

We had hoped to walk alongside the river but the pathway was closed so we were diverted up a stone... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2018
Jane C
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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 3 weeks ago

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

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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

Thank Jane C
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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

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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.

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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

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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

Thank Stuart N
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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

Thank DURHAM_JC77
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Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

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

Thank Ruth H
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Reviewed 15 October 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.

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Reviewed 27 September 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 10 September 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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Mani T
26 April 2018|
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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
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Joe c
31 August 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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