Bridges On The Tyne


Greystead is a hamlet on the old winding road from Bellingham up towards Falstone and the footbridge there is reached by a footpath at the side of a field on which sheep graze, on the north side of the road. An old suspension bridge built to connect with Thorneyburn station on the Border Counties Railway which opened in 1862, it now leads to a track onto the minor road from Tarset to Falstone. The bridge is surrounded by trees and the supporting cables are suspended from stone towers. There are steps up to the bridge at either end, and it has a gate at the south end. The high deck is wooden and moves slightly from side to side when crossed. It was refurbished in 1988. This is not a bridge known to many and is one you might easily pass by without being aware of its existence, such is its isolation. An alternative name is Hott Chain bridge and it is Grade II listed.

 Greystead Bridge Facts

Constructed - probably 1862.
Type - suspension, stone towers, wooden deck.
Position: at Greystead, Northumberland.
Grid Ref: NY 777 862
 Greystead Bridge

© Bridges On The Tyne 2006