Allen Banks


Allen Banks-Staward Gorge Via Plankey Mill
6 Miles 4.5 hours
Location OS Landranger sheet 87 NY 798641

How to get there From East: A69 from Newcastle, 4 1/2 K past Haydon Bridge,take left turn at Crow Hall, From West: A69 from Carlisle 8K beyond Haltwhistle, take right turn at Crow Hall.Pass under Railway bridge then immediately left past Ridley Hall.
Park in Allen banks National Trust car park £3- 8 hours £1.50 – 4 hours (June 2008)

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For consideration, when using the countryside
This selection of walks in Northumberland follow recognised public rights of way or permissive paths and should be easy for most people to negotiate: but please remember that wet and winter weather can make paths muddy in places and the summer months produce fresh growth of vegetation – so wear suitable clothing and footwear.

If on any of these walks you find obstructions, or damage to stiles or footbridges which make paths impassible, please report these details as soon as possible to the countryside department of the Local or National Park authority responsible for the area.

Relationships between local farmers and those who use the footpaths are generally very good and there is no reason why they should not remain so given reasonable attitudes and understanding. Remember that the countryside is the farmers’ livelihood, so please observe the Country Code : keep to the paths; close gates after you ; and take care not to cause damage, or leave litter; keep your dog under control; and leave all wild flowers for others to enjoy.

Taken from: Country Walks in East Tynedale by Philip R. B. Brooks (1978) NBM Sept 2009

Dogs in the countryside :-

On Rights of Way – Dogs must be kept under close control, preferably on a short lead.

On Access Land – 1) Keep your dog on a short lead from 1 March to 31 July this to protect ground nesting birds from disturbance

2) Local restrictions may include a ban on dogs.

3) Note that restrictions do not apply to Guide/Hearing dogs, or if you are using a public right of way