"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
A new bridge built in 1973 to replace the old stone bridge when it became inadequate for the traffic. It is at a fairly high level and stands at the bottom of a long steep hill going towards Whittonstall and Stocksfield. This road is on the course of a former Roman road and Ebchester itself is the site of a Roman fort called Vindomora, part of which can still be seen. It was the first Roman station south of the Tyne on Dere Street.
The river banks are densely wooded with paths along the south bank and partly in the care of the National Trust.