The UK’s largest walking holidays provider has donated £3,000 to a heritage railway development to fund footpath repairs.
HF Holidays, which also owns Nether Grange and Dandelion Café in Alnmouth, has thrown its support behind the Aln Valley Railway (AVR).
The AVR aims to reopen most of the branchline between Alnwick and Alnmouth and work started last year.
As part of the scheme, HF holidays has agreed to fund the repair of a section of an adjacent footpath which will run alongside the track from the Lionheart Station, in Alnwick, to Alnmouth station.
The grant, from the company’s Pathways Fund, has gone towards renewing drainage and vegetation clearance for part of the path, which is three miles in total.
Earlier this month, AVR took delivery of its second steam locomotive at Alnwick Lionheart. Named PENICUIK, and owned by AVR member Chris Donald, it made its journey to Alnwick on April 8.
It is now in AVR’s locomotive shed to protect it from the weather. It requires some repair and restorative work before it can be steamed but this will have to wait until finances are available for the work to be done.