Carnachuin Bridge, Glen Feshie, swept away

The bridge being washed away. Photo - Thomas MacDonell

The bridge being washed away. Photo - ©Thomas MacDonell

Walkers heading up Glen Feshie in the Cairngorms need to be aware that the Carnachuin Bridge was swept away by the River Feshie in spate on 3 September this year.

The landmark but rickety wooden bridge has been in a state of disrepair for some years now. The Glenfeshie Estate had been planning to repair the rare bridge this year and have purchased the materials, however the Cairngorms National Park Authority have yet to respond to the planning application. If planning permission is ultimately granted, the Estate hopes to replace the bridge in May or June 2010.

Carnachuin bridge before it collapsed

The Pony bridge is now the last crossing in upper Glen Feshie and the Estate has put signs indicating this on the approach route. Walkhighlands has changed the routes affected and will let users know as soon as a new bridge is in place.

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