The furnished landscape of Breamish Valley 2
With Storm Abigail (the first storm to be officially named by the UK Met Office) hitting the UK earlier than forecast it’s quickly made its way up to Northumberland today. We experienced some torrential rain overnight, accompanied by gale-force winds. Unsurprisingly, this has swollen the River Breamish. Now, for the first time since it was constructed at the end of September this year, the riverbank erosion control measures near Brandon farm have been tested.
Since publishing information about Riverbank erosion control near Brandon last month (Sep 2015), there have been a few developments.
You may recall that a type of ‘bund’ wall had been constructed approximately 5m from the bank:
Cycling along the Breamish Valley is one of my favourite activities. But sometimes, instead of getting my head down and pounding the pedals, it’s nice to stop and just stay awhile…and look.
Just near Bulby’s Wood (with its new visitor facilities) there are plenty of places to stop alongside the River Breamish and relax.
Back in late 2012 the Breamish Valley saw heavy flooding. So heavy that parts of the bank of the River Breamish suffered mass failure. This was particularly evident at Brandon, just on the bend of the river opposite Brandon Farm.
This photo, taken on 29 June 2012, shows a relatively gently bend in the river to the right at Brandon Farm, as viewed from the Branton footbridge.