New bridge at Carleon Cove

Walkers passing through Carleon Cove on the Lizard are in for a treat, thanks to the completion of a stunning new footbridge that carries the South West Coast Path over the Poltesco River.

The bridge has been designed to reflect the curved lines of a boat, and is made in oak and larch, with stainless steel tension wires.

Rachel Holder, National Trust Ranger explained:

“We knew the old bridge was near the end of its life, so we decided to take the opportunity to do something different, to build a bridge that really did justice to this lovely place. We wanted a bridge that encouraged people to stop and linger. Most importantly, it had to be a good place to play Pooh sticks as that’s always a favourite with the many school groups we bring here!”.

The bridge is nestled within sycamores, just behind the beach and the ruins of a Victorian serpentine stoneware factory, now reclaimed by nature.

The bridge was designed by architect Matthew Robinson and constructed by Ben Harris of River Oak. Matt said:

“It has been quite a challenge, not least because every component has had to be small enough to carry in down the path! I wanted to incorporate something of the location in the design, hence the boat inspired curves and local stone finials. Poltesco was once the base for a small seine netting fleet, so boats and stone are at the heart of the cove’s history”.

Mark Owen of the South West Coast Path team added:

“I’m sure the many walkers out on the Coast Path will appreciate this fantastic new bridge and we have been pleased to be able to support this worthwhile project. We would like to thank Natural England for their generous grant towards the replacement bridge”.


Published on: May 20, 2013