Allan Banks - Staward Gorge Via Plankey Mill walk - Northumberland

Allen Banks-Staward Gorge

Via Plankey Mill

5.5 Miles 4.5 hours (challenging)

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 £4- 8 hours £2.00 - 4 hours (June 2015)

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Start:- The walk commences immediately, south, out of the car park and along the west bank of the River Allen
The walk does not cross the river at this suspension bridge.

Follow the path and using the new bridge, cross the River Allen at Plankey Mill
From the bridge the walk continues across the field to the right through a new-fangled gate and into a meadow. The river now to your right is placid and beautiful.

Follow the path across the meadow and through the gate on the left at the far end.

There are a couple of access points to the right of the path leading to views of the River Allen

The path, having crossed a footbridge, drops down to a waypost with the word PEEL carved on the side.

This walk continues to the right passing an old lime kiln, and follows the river round a long bend.

At an old gateway now just the two old stone pillars take the path left with a mossy wall on your left.

The energetic wishing to make a visit to the remains of STAWART PEEL will find a path on the right that climbs up to the Peel a little way down this track. (Be prepared to puff and pant !) back at the PEEL marker retrace your steps back to the start.

If keen to go further. This adds about another mile.

From the gateway where you turned left towards the Peel you will see a track going straight on. This track leads uphill where eventually a yellow waymarker points to a drop down quite a steep path to the river and the path at the bottom leads to the Cupola bridge

The Cupola bridge, on the A686 Alston road.

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

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