Thursday, 9 February 2017
Bridges and Landmarks
These are the bridges that I encounter on my walk around Dovecot Dell, Butterbump Splash and back home to Little Bunting. Of course the villages are not really called those names, they are for blogging purposes, but they are perfectly apt.
The route I took (the one I use most often) is about three miles long and these are most of the footbridges which I have to cross. There are a couple more, plus stiles, but I forgot to photograph them. You get the general idea though.
Deep drainage ditches and beautiful chalk streams which bubble up through the earth to become a small river.
The one with metal sides is an interesting one - a number of years ago, during bad weather, the original bridge became weak and collapsed under the weight of the local farmer's car, it took a nose-dive into the waters. This is the much sturdier replacement. Ugly, but I imagine that he feels much safer using it.
The bridge which goes over the lane is the final bridge before I get home. It is the old railway bridge and trains used to run along it from about the mid 1800's. They ran up and down the East Coast until Dr Beeching saw fit to close the line in about 1960.
It is not a completely wet and watery walk, there are lots of beautiful things along the way - the old watermill buildings, the Manor House on the hill, the dovecote of course, and some cottages in beautiful settings.
The weather may be dull, the ground may be sodden, but there is always something beautiful, or interesting to look at.