Haydon Bridge

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Many thanks to Scotch Corner Holiday Cottage's for facilitating this camera's location and capitally funding its installation. The South Tyne rises on Alston Moor, Cumbria and flows through the towns of Haltwhistle and Haydon Bridge, in a valley often called the Tyne Gap. Hadrian's Wall lies to the north of the Tyne Gap. Coincidentally the source of the South Tyne is very close to the sources of the other two great rivers of the industrial north east namely the Tees and the Wear. The South Tyne Valley falls within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) - the second largest of the 40 AONBs in England and Wales. The name Haydon Bridge could be derived directly as meaning the Valley where Hay is made. It is generally agreed that there is no definitive interpretation. Others include the Saxon of 'Hay, an enclosure and 'Don' a valley or hill. Possibly it was Hay (ton), an enclosed farmstead or village or Hay (den), an enclosed forest.