"Another mile and a half further on, on the other side of the A696, is Kirkwhelpington, snugly secure on its mound. It has a church with an aisle-less thirteenth-century nave, and in its churchyard is buried Sir Charles Parsons, pioneer of the steam turbine."
The Companion Guide To Northumbria. Edward Grierson. 1976.
The final stretch of the Wansbeck is increasingly rural and in its last miles flows through some rather wild and remote country. Wallington Bridge is one of the finest on the river and the village of Kirkwhelpington is one of Northumberland's most attractive. Sweethope Loughs is well frequented by anglers and beyond there the Wansbeck has its source among the crags in 'the Wilds o' Wannie'.
There are some small makeshift bridges on the Wansbeck (as on the Tyne) consisiting of timbers laid across the river, but they are not included here.