GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

3 miles (5 km)

Enjoy a waterside walk along the River Allen and through a beautiful wooded gorge on this easy walk in the North Pennines AONB.
The area is managed by the National Trust so the paths are well maintained and waymarked.
The walk starts at the National Trust car park and heads south along the western side of the river to Plankey Mill. You'll pass Raven Crag and a pretty waterfall on the way. At Plankey Mill you cross to the other side the river and return on the eastern side, passing Morralee Woods as you go.
The area is a nature reserve so there is an abundance of wildlife on the walk. Look out for dipper, grey wagtail, kingfisher, heron, roe deer and otter.
The area is located near Bardon Mill, Hexham. Bardon Mill train station is just over a mile from start point for the walk. You can easily follow the River South Tyne from the station to Allen Banks.


NE47 7BP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Allen Banks and Staward Gorge OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Dog Walking

The woodland and river paths are ideal for dog walking so you'll probably see plenty of other owners on a fine day. There are some farm animals in the area so it's best to keep them on leads in these areas.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The site is located just a few miles south of one of the highlights of the area at Housesteads Roman Fort. Here you can explore the fascinating old fort and pick up the epic Hadrian's Wall Path.
Head south of the site and you can visit the village of Allendale. The stone built village is very pretty and was twice crowned Village of the Year for All England. There are some nice walks here along the River East Allen.
Head east and you could pick up the Haydon Bridge Walk from the nearby village. The walk will take you to the historic Langley Castle which dates from the 14th century. In the village itself there's a fine 17th century inn and a noteworthy 14th century bridge over the river.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Northumberland Walks and North Pennines Walks pages.


Allen Banks - - 95392

Allen Banks. Footpath traversing crags on east side of gorge.

River Allen at Allen Banks - - 1535698

River Allen at Allen Banks

Suspension bridge at Allen Banks - - 93507

Suspension bridge at Allen Banks

Woodland path at Allen Banks - - 598401

Woodland path at Allen Banks

Staward Gorge - - 94670

Staward Gorge. The River Allen runs through the wooded gorge. The woodland on the whole is pre-1600

Staward Gorge at Cat Crag - - 95402

Staward Gorge at Cat Crag

Plankey Mill - - 2002611

Plankey Mill

Footbridge at Plankey Mill - - 2145840

Footbridge at Plankey Mill


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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