Some Northumberland beauty spots are still closed at Easter as visitors are reminded to ‘be careful’

The devastation caused by storms during the winter months is still having an impact in Northumberland, after a ‘be careful’ message was sent to those visiting the county over the Easter weekend.

Severe weather from storms Arwen, Barra and Malik brought thousands of trees to town across Northumberland and weakened many others, leaving woodlands, beauty spots, parks and local nature reserves in a potentially dangerous condition. Kielder Water and Forest Park has been particularly affected and Forestry England teams have been working to secure the area for some time.

And some other popular forest sites, such as Simonside, Holystone and Thrunton Woods remain closed to the public due to the extent of the damage caused.

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Margaret Anderson, Senior Ranger at the Northumberland National Park Authority, said: “We continue to work with partners to make areas affected by storm damage safe and accessible, and urge the public to check the condition of the area he plans to visit, via Forestry England or the Northumberland National Park website, before visiting Given the extensive network of trails and difficult conditions in remote areas, the safety of staff and visitors is our main priority.

“We ask people visiting during the Easter holidays to please respect inaccessible areas and not try to access closed areas. This will contribute to your safety and that of those around you and reduce pressure on services emergency.

“Northumberland National Park has many fully accessible places for families and individuals to enjoy, including The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Center and Walltown Country Park along the Hadrian’s Wall corridor, as well as walking routes in the Cheviots, Coquetdale and North Tyne and Redesdale.”

Councilor John Riddle, a member of Northumberland County Council’s Local Services Cabinet, said: “The devastation caused by winter storms, particularly Arwen, was always going to take a long time to resolve. The Easter period and holidays Schools are still a popular time to get out and about, but we remind everyone to always take care and be aware of areas that are still closed.

“Damaged or fallen trees still present very real dangers and some areas have heavy machinery moving around where crews are clearing sites. We will continue to ask people to check relevant websites before travelling, including forecasts weather, and not to enter all closed areas.

“There are still plenty of places to visit in our wonderful county without putting yourself or others at risk, including all Council National Park sites that are open to the public to enjoy.”

For a full update on which forests and woodlands in the county are fully closed, visit this link on the Forestry England website. And for Northumberland National Park storm updates, click here.

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