Bridges On The Derwent


"Everybody loves a bridge. They are essentially romantic objects - brave, adventurous, usually handsome or at least interesting to look at, often magnificently idiosyncratic and every single one of them a seperate individual with its own personality, pedigree and background, each time to be freshly encountered and enjoyed."

Bridges. Sir Hugh Casson. 1963

The bridge carries the B6306 road from Shotley Bridge to Edmundbyers. It is stone with a single arch and quite narrow with sharp turns at either side. A ford existed here before the bridge was built. The road towards Edmundbyers climbs quite steeply and there are good views over the surrounding moors.

There is a road off to the Derwent Reservoir which is nearby and there is a small shop for anglers and others. From here the countryside becomes rather remote and there are few houses or farms. The small village of Edmundbyers lies up the hill from the bridge and was associated with lead mining in former times. It is now residential and the road divides here for Blanchland to the east and Stanhope to the south.

 Derwent Bridge Facts

Constructed - 1829
Type - arch, single span, stone.
Position: on B6306, near Derwent Reservoir, County Durham.
Grid Ref: NZ 032 512
 Derwent Bridge

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