The nineteenth century Leaderfoot viaduct carried the Berwickshire railway line across the river Tweed at a crossing point with a long history.  This photo was taken from the Drygrange Old Bridge, a three arch stone structure opened in 1770, replacing a ferry crossing which had been in use since the Roman occupation.  The viaduct is disused now and the old bridge is only open to pedestrians and cyclists.  The A68 road, which follows much of the route of the 1st century Dere Street, now crosses the river on a 20th century bridge of steel and concrete.

Bridges, whether ancient stone or modern concrete, can transform the places they connect. Bridges connect people too, both practically and metaphorically, but a bridge can also be a place to linger, between here and there, watching the river or the passers by.

 

 

Bridges have featured in dozens of posts on Beyond the Window Box over the last five years. Here’s a small selection.  (Click on any photo to view the gallery)