Stroll into the new year

View of the Viaduct in Kielder Forest. Photo by Forestry Commission/ISOBEL CAM

View of the Viaduct in Kielder Forest. Photo by Forestry Commission/ISOBEL CAM

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A SPECIAL walk will take place on New Year’s Day to mark the 150th anniversary of Kielder Viaduct (pictured).

The first train crossing of the magnificent multi-arched bridge – now owned by the Northumberland and Newcastle Society – will be celebrated with a fascinating two-hour public walk.

According to historical accounts, the viaduct was built in 1862 in a Baronial style complete with battlements to gain approval from the Duke of Northumberland.

The structure, which closed in 1958, linked Hexham with Riccarton Junction via the Border Counties Railway line. Further anniversary celebration are planned for later in 2012.

The free walk across the bridge and along the former railway line meets at the viaduct, near Kielder Castle, at 11.30am. Booking is not required.

Refreshments will be provided, but bring waterproofs and wear sturdy footwear.

The walk is over fairly level terrain but it may be a bit boggy in places.