PLANS to build a new footbridge over the Devil’s Water at Dilston have been approved by councillors.

The application went before Tynedale Local Area Council last week, and was unanimously approved by members with little debate.

The bridge will form part of a new heritage trail that has also seen a public right of way diverted.

Michael Cunliffe, secretary of Corbridge Heritage Trails, said he was pleased the application had been approved.

“There was an old bridge there, but it was washed away 50 years ago,” he said. “If you look on an Ordnance Survey map, the paths are still shown.

“Corbridge Heritage Trails identified it as a new route – these routes used to get people to work centuries ago. This is the third trail we’ve identified and promoted.”

The new footbridge, made from steel and wood, will cross the Devil’s Water to the north of Dilston West Cottages.

The structure will be made in the beginning of September, while local company Joyce Construction and Civil will build the foundations.

The bridge will be officially opened next spring, so that the new route can be prepared for walkers.

Coun Nick Oliver, who represents Corbridge, praised the work done by Corbridge Heritage Trails and the village trust to bring the project to fruition.

He said: “I’m delighted that planning permission has been granted. This footbridge over the Devil’s Water enables a new route from Corbridge Heritage trails in some of the most beautiful countryside in the Tyne Valley.

“David Waugh, Corbridge Heritage Trails and the Corbridge Village Trust have worked tirelessly with Northumberland County Council to make this exciting project a reality.”