By Chrelizg21

Not the usual footbridge

We walked inland today, making use of sections of the West Somerset coast path & the Macmillan Way West, plus some miscellaneous footpaths to connect with the old mineral line track to take us back to the campsite. The route took us through Williton & Washford, along green lanes & field edges.

One remarkable feature was simply labelled "FB" on the OS map. We're used to footbridges being of a simple, functional plank construction but this was massive, solidly built of the local red sandstone & arching upwards far more than necessary for the stream. As we walked over it we realised that it was a bridge over another bridge of similar construction & which carried a track at right angles underneath. Apparently the track was originally the carriage drive between the manor at Orchard Wyndham & the Garden Cottage (a substantial sized house!) - the footbridge was apparently necessary to keep the hoi polloi on the public right of way separate from guests in their carriages.

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