Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Dolgellau New Bridge

Like a Bridge....

If you've been out walking this weekend, you might have noticed that there's a lovely new bridge in Dolgellau. The £450,000 project was given the go-ahead last winter and was completed just in time for the Easter weekend.

The new foot bridge replaces the old one, which crossed the Afon Wnion in the town centre near what was once the Dr Williams Girls' school (and is now the tertiary college). Because of this, the bridge was known locally as the "Dr Williams Bridge" or sometimes the "Ladies Bridge" or the "Green Bridge" - in reference to the green uniforms that the girls wore.

The school opened in 1878, and the bridge was built a few years later in 1900. Although it was a famous local landmark, it had a number of sharp turns and ramps and was narrow, making it unsuitable for today's cycle and foot traffic.

The new bridge will make it easier for walkers and cyclists to join the famous Mawddach Trail - you can find out more information about this lovely multi-use trail that goes from Dolgellau to Barmouth here.

So, when it finally stops raining, get out and about and explore this brilliant new facility for walkers!

See you on the bridge!!

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