Allen Banks and Staward Gorge, Bardon Mill

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 »
  • 29/5/20 visited today not too busy £2 entry fee. New bridge as the older rickety one has been taken away. Did the circular walk and most people social distancing !! Take a snack and drink if you’re.....  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.
  • Did the brown walk of 3 miles. Most of it fairly easy. Nice views of the river.
  • An easy but beautiful gorge walk alongside the river Allen where there is wildlife in profusion to enjoy at quiet times which become less and less because of its popularity.
  • Lovely walk through the forest and down to the river bank in places. So peaceful and tranquil, sat by the river and watched the shoals of young fish and the ducks - blissfull.

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