A FAMOUS walking route is complete once again after a key footbridge was rebuilt.

Kirkhaugh Footbridge carries the historic Isaac's Tea Trail over the River South Tyne, north of Alston and within the North pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The 36-mile route, inspired by the tale of Isaac Holden, is well frequented by tourists.

Isaac was a familiar figure in Victorian times on the rough tracks in the area.

Having stood since 1953, the bridge was badly damaged by floods in 2018 and totally collapsed, making it completely impassable to the public.

Engineering teams have been working at the remote site for four months on what has been a technically challenging project for Northumberland County Council's in-house design and delivery team- but the scheme is now finally complete.

The work of the council, backed by specialist suppliers, means the tea trail can continue its original route.

Haltwhistle Councillor and Civic Head Ian Hutchinson, who opened the new bridge said: “It was a great honour to re-open this key link which is not only for walkers but is also well used by local communities as a route to the nearby church.

Council Leader Glen Sanderson said: “It was such a shame when the old bridge was destroyed by flooding and we’re delighted to have such a fine-looking structure now in place in this spectacular part of our county.

Roger Morris, from Hexham Ramblers, added:"The loss of the Kirkhaugh footbridge was a big setback to the trail.

“Thanks to the Northumberland County Council's engineers and contractors and the strong support of the local community we now have an even better footbridge. It's truly inspirational in such a beautiful and historic place."