Bridges On The Tyne


"...a delightful walk leads through a fine park, and by the front of Featherstone Castle.

The Tyne and its Tributaries, W J Palmer. 1882.

Sometimes known as Castle Bridge this footbridge is set amidst beautiful countryside in the parklands of Featherstone Castle. It provides access to places on the west side of the river via a track climbing the hill to reach some minor roads. Not far away on the east side is Featherstone station on the former Alston branch railway. The original bridge was redecked in 1990 with further repairs done in 1995 following flood damage. Originally the footbridge had a 63 foot span and was a lattice girder construction, timber decked on the main span. There were 3 approach spans with tram rail and concrete deck. The river here is normally slow moving and has a stony bed. The 13th century castle is close by and stands at the foot of the wooded hillside with grassland in front running down to the river and there are pleasant walks along the riverbank.

The bridge has now (2014) collapsed. It has now been repaired. Some photos are attached.

 Featherstone Footbridge Facts

Constructed - 1990
Type - beam, girder with wooden deck on three stone oval piers.
Position - near Featherstone Castle, Northumberland, 3 miles southwest of Haltwhistle.
Grid Ref: NY 672 613
 Featherstone Footbridge

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