Bridges On The Coquet


"A sight worth seeing at Pauperhaugh Bridge during the months of October and November when the Coquet is in full spate, is the salmon and sea trout leaping onto the stone apron and swimming with grim deternination upstream to their spawning beds.

The River Bridges Of Northumberland, Volume 3, The Coquet. Tony Dickens. 1981

This is an old bridge built by the Duke of Northumberland and then adopted by the County in 1888. It spans a minor road just off the B6344 road and with its five stone arches is one of the most attractive on the Coquet. The two outer arches are land or flood arches, as the Coquet is prone to rise several feet after an unusually prolonged spell of heavy rain as the 2008 floods demonstrated, when this bridge was closed for a time. Unstable, it needed attention in 1951 and further repairs had were made in 1964 and a 9 ton weight limit imposed in 1967. It is Grade 2 listed.

The bridge is a popular spot for fishermen but there are few buildings, and horses and other livestock graze nearby along the river bank.

 Paperhaugh Bridge Facts

Constructed - 1862
Type - arch, five spans, stone.
Position: Paperhaugh, Northumberland.
Grid Ref: NZ 101 996
 Paperhaugh Bridge

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