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Friday, 19 September 2014

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National park bosses set to take on Hadrian’s Wall trail

The bosses of a national park have been asked to take over the Hadrian’s Wall trail.

Hadrian’s Wall photo
Ruins of Hadrian’s Wall

Northumberland National Park is set to be the “lead partner” for the path, which runs the length of the wall.

The news comes after the Hadrian’s Wall Trust (HWT) announced it would be wound up within six months because of financial difficulties. The trail is currently managed by the trust along with local authorities including Cumbria County Council, and Government bodies English Heritage and Natural England.

The most heavily-used section of the trail passes through Northumberland National Park.

The park authority will take charge of the pathway but will still work with the councils and agencies.

Andrew Coleman, asset manager (highways and transportation) for Cumbria County Council, who is also chairman of the trail partnership said: “The trail partnership is alive to the challenges that the trust has faced but we must now focus on the future and ensure sustainable management is put in place as soon as possible. We are keen to engage with wider stakeholders and the community to ensure that their ideas and energy are harnessed to make sure the trail and the wall continue to be recognised as world class.”

Tony Gates, chief executive of Northumberland National Park Authority added: “We understand the synergy and value of the trail to the work of the national park and its economic importance to the whole World Heritage Site and we want to demonstrate our commitment by agreeing to be lead partner managing this unique resource for the businesses and the 1.75 million visitors they serve each year.

“We now look forward to a smooth transfer.”

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