I had planned to visit the Tower bridge in London but we were not able to get to it. The tour buses were not going there on Sunday due to the British Tour Bicycle race that was happening in London.
We did make the next bridge on the itinerary; The Royal Albert Bridge in Saltash. It’s the one on the left.
The Royal Albert is a Railroad bridge that spans the Tamar between Plymouth and Saltash. It was designed by Brunel and erected in 1859. It was raining pretty hard when we arrived at the bridge and access was pretty limited due to construction underway on both it and the adjacent bridge.
I was able to get this photograph of a model of the bridge located just outside the bridge office.
On our way to Stafford we stopped in Bristol to have a look at the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
This bridge, designed by Brunel in 1836 was completed in 1864. The bridge is still in use today. Cars pay a toll of 50p, pedestrians and cyclists cross at no charge.
It is a chain suspension bridge in that it uses iron I-bars linked together much like a chain rather than a cable to support the suspenders which support the bridge deck.
This is a beautiful bridge spanning high above the Avon river.
This sign posted on the pier at each end of the suspended span suggests that there are some who have used the bridge for purposes other than crossing the deep gorge.
I detected a slight vibration as cars passed.
Each suspender is attached to the chain with a single bolt. The bolt is perhaps 1-inch diameter.
No climbers on the bluff and no graffiti!
While in Llangollen, Wales we went to visit the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct by Thomas Telford.
The aqueduct was built in 1795 at a cost of 47,000 pounds.
The canal is carried 126 feet above the valley below.
The aqueduct is one of the Seven Wonders of Wales.