Modern suspension bridges are probably the most spectacular bridges that we cyclists can experience. They cover the major estuaries of the UK - The Firth of Forth, The River Severn and The River Humber.
It spans the estuary of the River Humber between Hessle on the North bank to Barton-upon-Humber on the South bank. The span is 4265ft and the two concrete towers are 508ft. high.
A scary ride if you don't have a head for heights.
Such suspension bridges are not so fashionable now, being supplanted by stayed cable bridges where a multitude of cables support the deck direct from high towers. Since each cable supports only part of the load, it can be adjusted or changed if necessary. The second Forth Road Bridge and the second Severn Bridge are examples of this type of bridge, so no cycling on those.
Some of the redundant railway viaducts on the National Cycle Network, may date from a previous generation of bridges, but are no less spectacular. Most are made of stone or brick but our nearest (to Derby) is the Bennerley Viaduct which is constructed of wrought iron. This structure is not yet open to cyclists as remedial work is required after years of neglect.
The viaduct was opened in 1885 and carried a single line of the Scarborough and Whitby railway until 1965. During the construction two workers fell off the viaduct and both survived. It is now a grade 2 listed structure.
On the left a concrete pillbox from WW2 built to defend the canal from German invasion forces and in the background the original Monk's Bridge which once carried the main Derby/Burton road over the River Dove. Now the A38 trunk road is carried on a modern re-enforced concrete bridge.
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Thomas Telford FRS FRSE
Scottish civil engineer, architect and stonemason.
Designer of much of our canal system and it's engineering structures.
His was a world of horse drawn vehicles and boats, not of motor cars nor even bicycles.
To see a video about the bridges spanning the River Thames in London click THIS