Prudhoe woodland walk improved for visitors

24 Jan 2018

Stanley Burn Woods at Prudhoe have been improved for walkers with the recent replacement of four footbridges, making a safer and more enjoyable route for local residents and visitors.

The woodland walk, popular with dog walkers and people taking a peaceful stroll, is located on the old Prudhoe hospital grounds and winds its way along the Red Burn. It is often referred to as the Seven Bridge Walk.

There are eleven footbridges in total in the woods and five have now been replaced within the last three years by Northumberland County Council. 

Funding for the footbridges has come from the council’s Local Transport Plan programme, with work carried out by local contractors.

With additional funding from the authority’s countryside team budget, a section of the footpath has been repaired and steps have been constructed to make the path easier for people to walk along.

Councillor Glen Sanderson, portfolio holder for environment and local services at Northumberland County Council, said: “The replacement of the footbridges at Stanley Burn Woods is fantastic news for the local area as they had started to deteriorate quite significantly. I would encourage local residents and visitors to come and experience the picturesque surroundings for themselves.” 

Councillor Gordon Stewart, county councillor for the Prudhoe South Ward added:  “I am delighted to see these improvements in my ward.  These new bridges and footpath improvements will allow many more people to enjoy this hidden gem.”

Stanley Burn Woods is part of a promoted circular walk that Prudhoe Pathforce, the local rights of way group, have produced a guided walk leaflet for. 

For more information and to download a guided walk leaflet, visit: http://www.parish-council.com/prudhoe/index.asp?pageid=665512