Residents see red over path

ANGRY residents have hit out at Northumberland Estates for failing to keep a public footpath clear and accessible.

The route, which runs between Lesbury and Alnmouth along the river, has been described as a ‘monstrosity’ by Lesbury villagers who use it on a regular basis.

They say that overgrown hedges and grass are making it difficult for anyone to use it, including holiday-makers.

One resident said: “It is supposed to be a popular walk between the two villages but the path is just impassable.

“It seems to be nonsense to encourage people to come to the area for walking holidays when they cannot use it.

“It is horrendous, it is literally an impenetrable jungle and the land belongs to the Duke of Northumberland.”

They added that a seat along the walk is out of use because it is so overgrown and it now cannot be seen.

“You have to struggle along the path and struggle back,” they said.

“But it is supposed to be a public right of way.

“It is just disgraceful.”

A spokeswoman for Northumberland Estates said: “Until contacted by the Gazette, the Estate was unaware of any problem relating to the footpath in question.

“The Estate continues to be very proactive in opening and maintaining footpaths for use by the general public and one of the new routes centres on Lesbury.

“In addition, the Estate has recently been working with Lesbury Parish Council on a project to improve public access in the area.

“At this time of year when the growing season is at its peak and harvest is in full swing path clearing can be difficult to keep on top of but the matter will be investigated and any necessary action taken.”