Near Unthank Hall, an earlier bridge was known as Unthank Bridge. Another wooden bridge replaced that one in 1902 and was named Coronation Bridge after the Coronation of Edward the Seventh, crowned that year. After its destruction in a flood in 1947 the present bridge was erected by the Royal Engineers and using the original stone abutments.
The footbridge is reached along a footpath, part of the Weardale Way, reached down a steep lane from the main street in Stanhope. It crosses to the south bank of the river amid trees and greenery.