Allen Banks and Staward Gorge, Hexham

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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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  • Lovely walks along the side of the river. There are a range of walks to suit different abilities. Good footwear is a must. Some steep sections. 
    Lovely walks along the side of the river. There are a range of walks to suit different abilities. Good footwear is a must. Some steep sections.  more »
  • Delightful walk on robust paths. Up and down but no boots required. Walk to Staward Peel was worth it but not for tower itself where views were obscured by trees. Extra walk is however worth it for... 
    Delightful walk on robust paths. Up and down but no boots required. Walk to Staward Peel was worth it but not for tower itself where views were obscured by trees. Extra walk is however worth it for...  more »
  • Stunning location, did two walks here the first was a 5 mile circular walk along the river crossing at the campsite and back along the other side. On our 2nd visit slightly shirt walk to the area our....  more
    Stunning location, did two walks here the first was a 5 mile circular walk along the river crossing at the campsite and back along the other side. On our 2nd visit slightly shirt walk to the area our....  more »
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  • A beautiful walk that is well looked after and offers you different lengths of walks. There was plenty of parking due to it not being busy, not sure how busy it could get. There was also free to use toilets at start. Overall a really nice place to go in a walk just prepared for steep hills that may be a bit difficult to traverse with children or prams
  • Absolutely lovely place to spend walking for the day, i can imagine autumn being the best time to visit. Free to use clean toilets on site. Parking very reasonable at £2 for 4hrs or £4 for all day...cash only tho. Only negative was the path markers which swapped and charged making it impossible to follow, but if your out for the day getting lost just adds to the adventure 🤷🤣
  • We did the brown trail on our visit, 3 miles/ 4.5km. There are various trails you can choose from right up to 9.5km. Will definitely return to do more trails. Parking is £2 for up to 4 hours, £4 for all day. Excellent place with mixed woodland, open fields and a river. If you like mushroom spotting that's a bonus.
  • There are several lovely woodland & riverside walks in this area, helpfully displayed on a map at the start, by the car park. Parking is pay & display, or free for National Trust members - don't forget your card! Worth mentioning, some of the walks have quite difficult inclines and declines, including the shortest/easiest walk currently due to downed trees and landslides by the river.
  • Great car park for Allen Banks with plenty of space and overflow car park when busy. Pay and display £2/4 hours, £4 all day. Free for NT members by scanning card. Toilets available and small information hut. Starting point for various walks through the valley.

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