Northumberland National Park forced to close popular walking route to waterfall due to landslides and ‘severe rain damage’

Poor weather has forced the Northumberland National Park (NNP) authority to close the walking route to the picturesque Haresaw Linn waterfall near to Bellingham.

Heavy rain over the weekend has caused landslides and damage to the path, NNP said. There are also understood to be a number of fallen trees, with the national park authority saying the issues are “severe” and that it “may take some time” to repair and make the path safe.

The public is asked not to visit the area, with NNP saying updates will be provided on its social media channels.

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Margaret Anderson, senior ranger, Northumberland National Park Authority said: “Signage has been put in place to advise people that the path to Hareshaw Linn is closed.

“We understand Hareshaw Linn is a popular walking route with both local residents and visitors to Northumberland National Park however the route must be closed for everyone’s safety.

Northumberland National Park Authority has closed the path to Hareshaw Linn waterfall
Northumberland National Park Authority has closed the path to Hareshaw Linn waterfall

“We have put temporary signage in place to advise anyone visiting Hareshaw Linn that the route to the waterfall cannot currently be accessed. Heavy rainfall is forecast to continue in the area this week, so it may be some time before conditions are safe enough to allow staff to assess the full extent of the damage.

“Everyone should be mindful of the risk of further landslips. Our staff and volunteers will be monitoring the location and we thank everyone for their cooperation.”


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