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Footbridge non-existent

Footbridge non-existent

Postby navrlondon » Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:13 pm

Route description: Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh and An Stuc

Munros included on this walk: An Stuc, Meall Garbh (Ben Lawers), Meall Greigh

Date walked: 15/11/2020

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 16.5 km

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There is no footbridge crossing the river at NN672420 that is shown on the OS map. We were unable to cross the river as it was in spate and walked down to the road (skirting around a woodland)
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Re: Footbridge non-existent

Postby jmarkb » Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:00 am

Thanks for posting - that's useful information. I wonder when it disappeared - must be fairly recently. Were the concrete supports still there?
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Re: Footbridge non-existent

Postby Coop » Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:54 pm

Just read my own report from August 2016- no help to you now but it may be to other's

"Wind had eased off a bit now and i stayed high up the lochan and headed back past the dam. Small cairn at the side of the track and I headed down to the burn snd across and back up to join the outward route."
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Re: Footbridge non-existent

Postby NeepNeep » Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:27 pm

We were there in the height of summer this year and no bridge then. Looks like there hasn't been a bridge here for a long time. The 1:50 000 doesn't have one marked so we weren't shocked but were surprised to see the remaining supports.
We were a group of bridge engineer's so can't walk past such structures without looking :crazy: :D :( .
(un)fortunately we draw the line of geeky-ness at taking photographs of such things. :shh:
Anyway, abutments are still there, holding down bolts not. Bearing level looks very unlevel, but maybe that was how is was originally built.
Many bridges in remote settings like this are typically designed to not withstand extreme flood events and thus allow them to wash away....
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