Tyne & Wear

Hadrian's Wall gets £50,000 to repair drains after downpours

Media captionSections of the trail between Tyneside and Cumbria have been left waterlogged by snow and heavy rain

Around £50,000 is to be spent repairing drains along Hadrian's Wall after heavy rain left sections of the trail between Tyneside and Cumbria waterlogged.

Natural England has awarded the money to the Hadrian's Wall Trust, which preserves the 73-mile (117km) route which attracts almost 11,000 visitors a year.

The Trust is also worried about large groups of walkers damaging the trail.

It is urging groups of more than 40 to get in touch before an expedition.

Dr Nigel Mills, spokesman for the Trust, said there had been big rise in the number of charity and challenge walks to the World Heritage Site.

'Avoid erosion'

He said: "We do not want to discourage visitors, but want to avoid grass and soil erosion along the trail.

"We want to hear from groups of more than 40 people who are planning to do walks or runs to get in touch so we can advise them on the best way to avoid damaging the route.

"For example we advise walkers to walk two or three abreast, rather than in single file to spread the load of their weight.

"Low lying areas have become particularly waterlogged and repair work is to be carried out to unblock drains."

Hadrian's Wall stretches between Wallsend in North Tyneside and Bowness on Solway in Cumbria.

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