Improving Northumberland Rights of Way
03 May 2017
Three rights of way around Ponteland and Heddon on the Wall that are popular with local walkers, horse riders and cyclists have recently been improved by Northumberland County Council.
A well used half mile section of the National Cycle Network, Route 10 which links Prestwick Carr and Ponteland has been levelled and resurfaced with crushed stone to make the route more accessible in all weathers.
A new bridleway link has also been established from Western Way onto the National Cycle Route 10 creating a direct, off road, link from Darras Hall onto the existing bridleway to Limestone Lane. It has been constructed with the cooperation of Darras Hall Estate Committee and Lugano Properties.
At Heddon on the Wall a popular section of local bridleway has been resurfaced. The route is parallel to the A69 and provides an important traffic free link for walkers and horse riders between the village and the network of paths north of the A69. Prior to the work the section of the route was uneven with old tree stumps and roots and became very muddy in wet weather.
The three improvement schemes have been funded through Northumberland County Council’s local transport plan and the work carried out by the council’s countryside and green spaces team.
Paul Jones, director of local services and housing delivery at Northumberland County Council said: “Our local transport plan funding helps us to make improvements to facilities for walkers, cyclists, motorists and those who use public transport. Our rights of way are important for both residents and visitors, helping people to access our beautiful countryside and delivering significant benefits to their health, general wellbeing and the local economy. Popular walking and riding routes can easily become eroded through heavy use and we are pleased that through this investment we have been able to upgrade these routes to make them fit for purpose for many years to come. ”