Allen Banks & Staward Gorge: North Pennine Birdwalks - Walk 3

In spring and early summer the ancient woodland at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge bursts with the songs of birds such as the wood warbler and willow warbler, song thrush and wren. At quieter times of year these woods are still well worth a visit. In autumn the trees are a blaze of orange and yellow while rich clusters of fungi decorate the woodland floor. Even in winter, the activity of resident woodland birds provides a welcome contrast to the comparative quiet of the surrounding countryside.
Pied flycatcher © NPAP


The National Trust car park at Allen Banks and Staward Gorge (NY797641).


5 km


  • Off road sections
  • Steep sections



  • Car parking
  • Public transport


Facilities nearby: 

  • Toilets