Bridges On The Tweed


"Widely considered the most beautiful of the Border abbeys, Dryburgh is set within a delightfully wooded loop of the Tweed, with ruined buildings that compose themselves wonderfully picturesquely."

The Buildings Of Scotland, Borders. Kitty Cruft, John Dunbar and Richard Fawcett. 2006.

Situated near Dryburgh Abbey this footbridge replaced a ferry about 1817. It was designed by John and Thomas Smith and has been twice reconstructed, once after being blown down in a gale of 1818 and again in 1872 when the walkway was given posts. It has a span of 261 feet (79.6 metres). The first chain bridge in Britain according to Pevsner, it links the footpaths on either side of the Tweed.

Nearby is Dryburgh Abbey, established in the 12th century by canons from Alnwick in Northumberland, England. It survived until the Reformation, being destroyed in 1544.It is now a picturesque ruin set in woodlands near the Tweed. Sir Walter Scott is buried here.

 Dryburgh Footbridge Facts

Constructed - 1817
Type - suspension, wire rope, iron chains, timber deck.
Position: Dryburgh, Berwickshire, Scotland.
Grid Ref: NT 588 321
 Dryburgh Footbridge

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