Wynch Bridge now open

24th July 2018

The historic Wynch Bridge which has has been closed for emergency repairs since Friday 6 July has now been re-opened.

The suspension bridge is a popular attraction at Low Force, and allows walkers to access a stretch of the Pennine Way National Trail from the North Pennines AONB Partnership's Bowlees Visitor Centre up to High Force.

Dating from 1830, the current bridge was a replacement for one which collapsed in 1802 that gave lead miners from Holwick access over the river to work in lead mines on the north side of Teesdale.

Earlier this month a routine inspection of the bridge found that suspension hangers were in need of repair. New steel brackets have now been manufactured and fitted to the crossing, allowing it to reopen.

Simon Wilson, from the North Pennines AONB Partnership, said: "We're extremely pleased to have the bridge reopened, restoring access to this very popular walk. It is such an iconic and well-loved structure and it is a popular entry point to a very spectacular part of the Pennine Way.

"This is a favourite spot for visitors to upper Teesdale."

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