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This shot is of Beggar’s Bridge at Glaisdale on the same day as my last few posts.
There are 3 bridges across the Esk at Glaisdale, the road bridge, the railway bridge and the historic stone packhorse bridge Beggar’s Bridge. Legend has it that it was built by Thomas Ferries in 1619. He was the son of a local farm-worker and was in love with Agnes, daughter of the local landowner. Thomas had to swim across the river to keep his assignations with Agnes, whose father didn’t think Thomas was good enough for his daughter. Thomas thought the only way to gain his approval was to go to sea and make his fortune. The night before he set off to sea the river was too high and dangerous to cross so Thomas was unable to say his goodbyes. He swore that on his return he would build a bridge across the Esk. He kept his word and when he returned in 1619 he built Beggar’s Bridge. The legend doesn’t say if Agnes waited for him.
Though the date 1619 is engraved on the bridge with the initials T.F., it is probable that the bridge was originally built sometime in the 14th century about the same time as the three Danby Bow-bridges and that, needing repair, it was rebuilt by Thomas Ferries in 1619.
You may prefer the romantic legend.

The light was so difficult to get a really satisfactory photo of the bridge that I had several attempts. Because of the legend and the history I felt I wanted to post a photo so the quality is secondary to the note today. We parked the car under the railway bridge, which has several arches as well as the one over the river, a bit like a miniature viaduct, so I took shots before and after our walk to get different lighting. As well as this one I have put 2 in the WS. You can tell me which you prefer and it will also give you an idea of the terrain and the difficulties I faced.
On the main post you can see the arch of the railway bridge on the right, and, looking through this bridge, where the railway goes over the river. The downside of this image is the grad filter didn’t do its job and there is no detail in the sky, so I cropped most of it out. I’ve also cropped out some lens flare on the left. For one of the WSs I clambered down the bankside and was perched precariously on the rocks you can see under the railway bridge.
focal length 24mm - at the lower limit of the lens; I wish I'd had the 18-70mm with me.

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