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Allen Banks

A relatively short drive from the town of Hexham and the Tyne Green Country Park, you can find a wondrous woodland habitat with a freshwater river called Allen Banks. Managed by the National Trust, Allen Banks runs alongside the River Allen and is home to over 70 species of birds.

This site is the largest area of ancient woodland in Northumberland. There is lots to explore and see, and every visit, is truly a magical experience. Unfortunately, Allen Banks, suffered some damage as a result of recent storms, which damaged footpaths and destroyed a bridge, which spanned the beautiful riverside.

A Message from the National Trust – Allen Banks is partially re-open

With a little help from many friends, the East side of Allen Banks is open. So whether you’re in need of some peace and quiet, you love wildlife-spotting or walking is your thing. Come on down. Please remember that the West side remains closed for your safety, so follow the diversions in place. You’re still sure to have a great time!

Over recent years, sightings of Wood Warbler in the county have dwindled. Many birders regularly travel to Allen Banks, to find, this elegant summer visitor, which can usually be found most years. Other birds to watch out for include, Redstart, Pied Flycatcher and Cuckoo. A full range of Warblers can also be seen, such as Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Sedge Warbler.

A Wood Warbler
at Allen Banks
by Jonathan Farooqi
in May 2014

The River Allen is a favourite for Grey Wagtails, Dippers and Kingfishers; whilst the woodland is home to Treecreepers, Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a great selection of woodland birds.

Adjacent to the Allen Banks, you can also find Briarwood Banks, which is managed by the Northumberland Wildlife Trust as a nature reserve.