Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

Overview

Overview

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge was badly damaged during Storm Desmond and unfortunately, remains closed.

The damage resulted in many destabilising landslips, the uprooting of large trees, erosion to the river bank and the much loved wobbly bridge being washed away.

The devastation began in December when Storm Desmond hit the North of England. At Allen Banks the suspension bridge, which had just been rebuilt after being damaged by a storm in 2013, was badly hit and much of it was washed away.

The whole area is thought to be unstable and movement in the land is being seen daily. Rangers are constantly assessing the land and you can keep up to date with any progress via Facebook and twitter.

About Allen Banks and Staward Gorge:

This extensive woodland area of gorge and river scenery, including the 41-hectare (101-acre) Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), has miles of waymarked walks through ornamental and ancient woods.

Largely created by Susan Davidson, Allen Banks has become a fantastic home for nature such as 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.

There's the remains of a medieval pele tower and a reconstructed Victorian summerhouse and ornamental pond during the wonderful woodland walks.

There are also over 70 species of birds that have been spotted at Allen Banks and a number of mammals such as roe deer, dormice, otters and bats.

NB: All woodland area sits within the North Pennines, AONB

Ticketing and entry prices for Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

Type Entry for Guide price
Single
(Car parking)
1
£2.00
per ticket

Free parking until 10am.

Car parking available at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge Nature and Wildlife Attraction Car parking available Free until 10am
Toilet Facilities at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge Nature and Wildlife Attraction Toilet facilities
Picnic area at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge Nature and Wildlife Attraction Picnic area There are picnic benches provided on site
Dogs / pets allowed at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge Nature and Wildlife Attraction Pet friendly Allen Banks woodland is perfect for dogs to run free
Child / family friendly at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge Nature and Wildlife Attraction Family friendly
Open all year at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge Nature and Wildlife Attraction Open all year
Celebrity/historic connection at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge Nature and Wildlife Attraction Celebrity/historic connection

Amazing river walk

tripadvisor
23/10/2019

Really Enjoyable walk

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15/10/2019

Peaceful gorge and woodland walk

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30/09/2019

Stunning

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04/09/2019

Wonderful peaceful place

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13/08/2019
Certificate of Excellence
Certificate of Excellence

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