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The Tyne Access Agreement

The Tyne System has one of England’s most favourable access agreements, maintained by the local BCU access network. Please note, Barrasford is only
used for access and parking on the Tyne Tour weekend by special arrangement with the landowner. If you require further information please go to the information point.
Please be discreet when changing and if caught short. (This is a sensitive issue that has caused concern in previous years.) There will be toilets at Barrasford and at Wark.

Access and egress points
Please use only agreed access points. Most of these will be sign posted.
Stewards will be on hand to advise on parking at the main access and egress points. Your co-operation with these unpaid volunteers will ensure that they also have an enjoyable weekend.
Do not obstruct access to people’s homes or field gateways etc. Any business, farmer or resident of the area who has your vehicle removed, will receive our full support. Be aware that some of us live in the area and have to answer to our neighbours!

It is essential that people should NOT attempt to portage Warden Gorge. (This is a site of special scientific interest as well as being private property)
Do not access or egress the North Tyne at Chollerford. Although this is normally accepted practice this is a “no go” area on this weekend due to traffic hazards.

For full information and maps on the rivers points please visit the Information Point.
Click here to visit river trips page.

Please do NOT park in the Cement Works entrance at Acomb. Apart from the wagons leaving the yard this road MUST be accessible to emergency vehicles. Anyone parking here apart from those authorised to do so will be removed.

Vehicular hazard on the North Tyne – the vehicle carriageway at Wark Bridge (the rickety metal structure over the North Tyne at Wark) has been narrowed
and there is a width restriction of 2m. This won’t be a problem for cars, but it will be a pinch for mini-buses and we would advise against taking trailers across. There is an alternative route from Hexham to Wark avoiding the bridge, which goes via Barrasford.

Parking space at Bellingham is limited. It may be necessary to unload your vehicle and park in the village. Be sure that you do not obstruct access to the Fire Station.

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