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Keelman Way closed at Wylam due to landslip

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A section of the Keelman's Way, the popular walking and cycling route linking Wylam with Gateshead Quays, has had to be closed due to the imminent risk of the river bank collapsing.

The Keelman's Way, which follows the south bank of the River Tyne all the way from Wylam to Gateshead Quays, has had to be closed after large cracks and collapses of the river bank have affected the stability of the path.

The decision to close the footpath was taken in the interests of public safety and will mean that there will be no direct pedestrian or cycle access between Wylam railway station and Ryton for the foreseeable future.

Closure signs are now being erected and a diversion route is being devised, though this is likely to be lengthy.

Network Rail, whose main Newcastle-Carlisle rail line runs close to the footpath, has also been alerted.

Gateshead Council has been monitoring the erosion of the river bank east of Wylam railway station for some years since changes were observed in the flow of the River Tyne which were leading to increased erosion of the south bank of the river. The land on which the erosion is taking place - and on which the Keelman's Way runs -  is privately-owned.

Options for the long term future of the riverside path will now need to be examined. 

ariel view of riverside Google Maps
03 February 2021

A section of the Keelman's Way, the popular walking and cycling route linking Wylam with Gateshead Quays, has had to be closed due to the imminent risk of the river bank collapsing.

The Keelman's Way, which follows the south bank of the River Tyne all the way from Wylam to Gateshead Quays, has had to be closed after large cracks and collapses of the river bank have affected the stability of the path.

The decision to close the footpath was taken in the interests of public safety and will mean that there will be no direct pedestrian or cycle access between Wylam railway station and Ryton for the foreseeable future.

Closure signs are now being erected and a diversion route is being devised, though this is likely to be lengthy.

Network Rail, whose main Newcastle-Carlisle rail line runs close to the footpath, has also been alerted.

Gateshead Council has been monitoring the erosion of the river bank east of Wylam railway station for some years since changes were observed in the flow of the River Tyne which were leading to increased erosion of the south bank of the river. The land on which the erosion is taking place - and on which the Keelman's Way runs -  is privately-owned.

Options for the long term future of the riverside path will now need to be examined. 

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