Armstrong's cascades are on again

An estate's spectacular cascades - turned off because of a shortage of water - were back up and running yesterday.

An estate's spectacular cascades - turned off because of a shortage of water - were back up and running yesterday.

The system at the National Trust's Cragside property in Rothbury, Northumberland, underwent a £300,000 restoration in July.

The waters flowed again for the first time since 1923 - but only five weeks later, as hot weather left much of the country sweltering, water levels ran low and they had to be turned off.

Thanks to the recent rain, they were back on yesterday and will remain open to the public throughout October.

National Trust North-East spokeswoman Helen Clarke said: "The property and the cascades are fed by lakes around the site.

"In the summer the water levels had fallen so much that the effect from the cascades was little more than a trickle, and not spectacular.

"Because there was so much concern over water shortages - even though the water feeds into a river - we decided we would switch them off. But now, after a bit of rain, they are back on. We're very pleased. They are a very popular attraction."

The cascade will run between 2pm and 4pm tomorrow and over the weekend. It will then run at the same time between October 20 and 29, except October 23.

Lord Armstrong, Cragside's 19th Century owner, originally built the system in the Debdon Burn valley beneath his mansion over a 30-year period in the 19th Century.

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