Walkway to bookshop foils driver

A car tries to drive up the pedestrian walkway up to Barter Books, Alnwick, on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.
A car tries to drive up the pedestrian walkway up to Barter Books, Alnwick, on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.

It seems that a new craze is sweeping Alnwick – and it involves motorists trying to go where they shouldn’t.

Last week, a car was spotted trying to drive up the pedestrian path that leads through the archway up to the famous bookshop Barter Books.

The pedestrian entrance to Barter Books.

The pedestrian entrance to Barter Books.

It was caught on camera by Alnwick resident Steven Hetherington, who posted the picture on Facebook, where it attracted widespread attention.

The post, under the title ‘This is how not to drive to barter books. Idiots!!’ has been shared 75 times and some of the comments referred to it happening several times in the past.

Despite there being no dip in the curb, no obvious entrance for a car and a narrow, curving walkway, the motorist in question still thought it was worth a try.

They tried a couple of times to negotiate the tight bend before finally reversing back out onto the road and finding the entrance for cars just along South Road.

Rachel Slater's photograph of the car trying to get along Greenwell Lane.

Rachel Slater's photograph of the car trying to get along Greenwell Lane.

And it follows an incident last month when a motorist tried to drive down the town’s Greenwell Lane between Iceland and Boots the Opticians, another pedestrian route, which ends in a right-angled turn and a set of steps down to Greenwell Road.

It is believed the driver thought it was a shortcut, but stopped when she hit a lamppost.