Hexham’s Blue Lagoon may appear ‘beautiful’ – but visitors are cautioned to stay away
Trespassers are being urged to stay away from a Northumberland beauty spot following an increase in visitors who make neighboring residents feel unsafe in their own community.
The ‘Blue Lagoon’, located in the disused quarry of Fourstones, near Hexham, is a hot spot for walkers and swimmers who travel to see the beautiful emerald green water.
And the site, which sits on private land, has proven popular with tourists who have flocked to the area following the lifting of lockdown restrictions.
But the influx of visitors was not welcomed by locals who were plagued by constant litter and poor parking.
It is also claimed that some intruders took drugs at the site.
Paula Harrison, 43, who has lived in Fourstones for three years, said: “It wasn’t until this year that I noticed Blue Lagoon was so hit.
“It is really frustrating to see the number of people and cars passing through our village with a speed limit of 30 mph.
“There are regular traffic jams with visitors parking on grass verges.
“It made us feel unsafe in the place we call home. We have a lot of old people in the village and we have all been very careful during the pandemic.
“Then we have hundreds of visitors every day entering our village, many of whom arrive in large groups. “
The mother added, “It gets a little scary sometimes. Someone told me they saw people take drugs and smash everything in Crow Wood.
“People come from as far away as Whitley Bay, Sunderland and Redcar. People need to share the photos on social media and this particularly attracts young people to Blue Lagoon.
“In the photos it’s beautiful, but the water is toxic and that says a lot when locals don’t even come up to the site. Garbage is just being dumped everywhere and it’s really overwhelming.”
The Blue Lagoon may seem like a place of beauty, but the lagoon is actually dangerous, with police urging the public to stay away from the private site.
Northumbria Police confirmed officers were present to deal with reports of anti-social behavior in recent months.
Neighborhood Inspector Pam Bridges said: “We have been informed that members of the public are visiting the site, which is private property and therefore not open to the public.
“Officers have participated and will continue to take positive action to address any pending anti-social behavior or criminal offense.
“I also want to remind the public of the dangers of jumping and swimming in deep water, especially given the cold water temperatures.
“Advice and guidance was also given to the landowner by agents to help secure the area. “