Agency urges care from Hadrian's Wall visitors

Repair work needed only six months after opening of path

Hadrian’s Wall, which runs from Tyneside to Cumbria, needs repairs to its £6 million path — less than six months after it opened. Local businesses fear the works could harm trade after path manager the Countryside Agency recommended that walkers treat the path carefully as preventive work to stop erosion goes ahead this winter. The Countryside Agency’s Hadrian’s Wall path national trail officer, Dave McGlade, told the BBC: “We have always envisaged the route as a spring, summer and autumn destination. We want to protect Hadrian’s Wall and maintain it as a destination that we all want to be proud of. “We are not closing the path in the winter — we are simply asking people to respect the monument, respect the archaeology and just think about these issues when they visit the wall. We need to give the path a rest.” McGlade said he “eventually” anticipated 10,000 end-to-end walkers a year. Horticulture Week (4 September) suggested “uptake of the path may have caught McGlade and his team by surprise”. Around 800 people a month walked the 135km path end-to-end this summer. A Countryside Agency representative said “upwards of a couple of thousand walked parts of the trail this year”. He added: “We have not closed the wall at all. All we’re asking people to do is treat it carefully when they go. We’re delighted by the number of people using the trail.”

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