Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Roamin' Wall Threat; Millions of Walkers Take Toll on Paths

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Roamin' Wall Threat; Millions of Walkers Take Toll on Paths

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Byline: Paul Tully? 07554 437755 ?

THE MILLIONS of feet that tread Hadrian's Wall every year are in danger of causing serious wear and tear.

The 2,000-year-old wall and 10-year-old national trail path attract around 14 million tourists each year.

But the World Heritage Site, a jewel in the crown of the North East, is in danger of being seriously eroded, warns Hadrian's Wall Trust sustainable access officer Bryan Scott.

Now a plea is going out to Wall-walkers: follow the code and save our heritage.

Under the slogan Every Footstep Counts - Help Preserve Hadrian's Wall, visitors are being asked to make sure damage is minimised.

Mr Scott said: "The seven-point code is to help preserve the Wall for future generations. There's a lot to enjoy - the sites, landscape and the award-winning Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail.

"We look forward to welcoming more visitors to Hadrian's Wall Country this year. But we've also got to give the area some tender loving care - after all, the Wall is almost 2,000 years old - so we ask people walking the trail to follow our Every Footstep Counts countryside code.

"You can help by not standing on it, and by not walking in single file.

"In the rural sections the path is maintained as a grass sward to help preserve the archaeology which may be underneath, and it's better if people walk side by side to spread the load."

The trust is also advising those planning walks with 40 or more people to get in touch in advance so they can help plan routes that are most suited to them.

Dr Nigel Mills, director of world heritage and access at the trust, added: "We are concerned about the increasing number of people wanting to organise quite large charity walks and runs, and wanting to organise outdoor challenge events which can involve several hundred people. …

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