The East and West Allen Valleys are distinctive landscapes with a fascinating history. Allendale, with is central market square surrounded by delightful cafes, shops and art gallery is well worth a visit.
The Allen Valleys are a hotspot for biodiversity and they contain large areas of important habitats like upland hay meadows and blanket bog. The National Trust's Allen Banks and Staward Gorge is one of the largest ancient woodlands in Northumberland. Allen Banks is great for wildlife including dormice, otters and roe deer and you'll find up to 70 different species of birds. Allenheads and Whitfield are both great places to start a walk. If you prefer a slower pace, why not sample the award winning ales of the Allendale Brewery. To discover what the Allen Valleys have to offer click on the map and start exploring!