"A grand day out"©
Well, half a day.
We took off to Hazeldene The link, currently, take you here "This site is down for maintenance.
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to see what was lurking around in the form of veggies. Came away with "Broad beans and onions" and things, but "Yes we got no bananas".
There is no easy way without crossing this bridge , which was erected as a temporary measure in the late 60s.
2017 - Update. Bridge link died, now linked to "images of ~~ Bridge"
Snippets from the whole page:-
In the darkness of an early March morning in 1968, with a gale howling out of the West and flood waters thundering down the Eden, the 300-year-old bridge which carried the Penrith to Alston road over the river at Langwathby, collapsed without warning
An eighty-yard gap opened up in the road and the remains of the bridge settled in a pile of rubble among the fury of the swollen river.
Ten minutes earlier a Melmerby man had driven over the bridge towards Penrith, found the road beyond flooded and reversed to the Langwathby side. The driver, Mr. Peter Smith, Milestone House, went to a telephone and was calling Penrith when the line went dead as the bridge collapsed, cutting all the cables buried in the roadway. It was then 5-20 am.
As they use the temporary girder bridge over the Eden, which was intended to last no more than ten years, the people of the area still talk about the storm, which hit the district on the night of Saturday 23rd March, 1968.
The old bridge had stood from at least 1686, the date cut on one of the facing stones. Early bridges across the Eden were stock-bridges, with planks on bearers resting on logs or stocks. These stocks were later replaced by "jewels" or stone pillars, but stone arches did not appear in this part of the country until after the Restoration in 1660.
A severe storm led to extensive flooding of the River Eden on Saturday, 8th January, 2005. A month's rainfall is said to have fallen in 48 hours and was accompanied by very high winds. Considerable damage was caused in the villages and alongside the River Eden. Toll Bar Cottage, New Mill and the Edenhall cricket pavilion were badly affected by flood waters and many homes and businesses were without electricity for up to five days. Large craters were gouged out of the river banks and adjoining fields. The flood waters undermined the road leading to Langwathby Bridge and half the width of the carriageway had to be renewed.