Bridging the gap for walkers

Date: Friday 5th April 2013
A VICTORIAN railway remnant from the great age of steam has been replaced with a new structure
A VICTORIAN railway remnant from the great age of steam has been replaced with a new structure

A VICTORIAN railway remnant from the great age of steam has been replaced with a new structure.

A VICTORIAN railway remnant from the great age of steam has been replaced with a new structure
A VICTORIAN railway remnant from the great age of steam has been replaced with a new structure

The decrepit 1865 bridge on the Keswick railway footpath has been replaced by a purpose-built link designed to give easy access to the route’s users, including cyclists.

Lake District National Park Authority field worker Kris Bratton said seven of the eight bridges on one of the most heavily-used paths in the area have now been replaced by purpose-built structures.

He said: “The new bridges make it easy for people to use this beautiful path, so whether they are in wheelchairs, are pushchair-users or have limited mobility, it’s possible to enjoy this beautiful and historic part of the Lake District.”

Costing around £31,000, work on the latest construction was carried out by the park authority’s northern operations field team, which included Threlkeld-based apprentices.

“We don’t know exactly how many people use the permitted path, but it must be hundreds of thousands annually,” added Kris.

“One of our biggest difficulties was redirecting large numbers of people to a temporary bridge while we were working on this replacement. We hope visitors and local people will enjoy the new, easy access bridges.”