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" Buttermere Dubbs Bridge 2019 "

Date & start time:    September 2019.    Various days in the last month.

Location of Start :    The river crossing at the foot of Buttermere, Cumbria, Uk. (NY 173 163)

Places visited :         Pictures from Simon Smith and myself on our various visits to the site.

Walk details :             Ten minutes down from Buttermere Village.

Highest point :          Re-opening of the river crossing when the bridge is complete.

Walked with :             Simon and occasionally his family, myself with our dogs.

Weather :                    Changeable, very wet at times.

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The popular bridge that formed the mainstay of the walk around the lake at Buttermere

was damaged by flood waters and classified as unsafe.  Hopefully this set of photos is a logical series to show the rebuilding of the bridge.

Big thanks to Simon Smith who has not only offered his photographs of the work in progress

but is also sponsoring the rebuild in memory of his late wife Lynn, a keen fell walker.

This was the bridge back in February 2014 when there was high water in the lake.

The link will take you back to the walk that day . . . backspace to return here. ]

In July 2018 the bridge had gone but work had to be delayed in replacing it due to environmental considerations.

By autumn they had put in a temporary bridge but that was removed before winter set in due to possible seasonal flood damage.

My pictures from our walk on 19th August this year . . .
. . . once they had started repairing the bridge supports.
Simon took these three pictures . . .
of work in progress . . .
. . .  and the delivery of the new bridge beams.

Two of the workers from the National Park, Phil and Steve, make a start on the carpentry.

1st of September 2019 . . . the new spans are in place.
Simon's pictures from his visit on Monday 2nd as the sun came out.

When I called in the following day the bridge was really taking shape.

The main structure looks more complete when viewed side on . . . but there's still work to do.

Simon's photo of the workers . . . Phil and Steve, Nick and of course Pippin.

In the next few days there will be much landscaping and final tidying up to do before the bridge is finally open to the public.


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The bridge is dedicated to the memory of Lynn Smith

Please do click on the link to read about Lynn's life.

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The picture to the left shows Simon

on his first crossing of the bridge.

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The old bridge was dedicated to Betty and Barry Evans.

[ If anyone knows the whereabouts of the old plaque, or can provide information on the history of the couple in question, Simon would be very pleased to know.]


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It's the 11th September 2019 and the bridge is open.

Click on the link to our next walk (below) to continue the story

and see more pictures of the new bridge.


Time to try the new bridge for yourselves !


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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Panasonic Lumix TZ60, or my Panasonic Lumix Gx8 Camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

This site best viewed with . . . a practical memorial to a much loved lady.

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A previous time up here - 24th February 2014 - Buttermere Round the Lake

Next walk - 11th Sept - The Buttermere Bridges Walk


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