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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Access blocked to beauty spot

ACCESS to one of Tynedale's favourite beauty spots, the Hareshaw Linn waterfall at Bellingham, will be closed for the foreseeable future.

Hareshaw Linn

Northumberland National Park Authority has reluctantly closed the path to the waterfall following the failure of one of the six bridges which criss-cross the Hareshaw Burn leading to the beauty spot.
The problem is with the ornate sixth bridge, erected to mark the Millennium, where the side walls have become unsafe.
A national park spokesman said: "Given the bridge height above the water we felt if could give way if anyone lent on the rails, especially if the bridge was slippery, so we must advise people not to attempt to cross it."
Another concern is that there are gaps in the rails that have completely failed so there could be an issue with children falling through the missing sections.
The national park authority is now looking for funding and consulting with Bellingham Parish Council about renovation

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