05 September 2013
Cumbria Bridges: 9. CKPR Bridge 75, Crozier Holme
Finally, here's the last of this set of disused railway bridges on the Cumbria, Keswick and Penrith railway lines.
Bridge 75 is an upright bowstring truss spanning 101 feet. For this bridge, I have a copy of a bridge record drawing, taken from John Rapley's book (see link at the end of the post). This shows the bridge before any strengthening was added in 1931-3. You can compare this against the photographs to see what was changed.
Of the various upright trusses on the line, this one has the most substantial overhead bracing. Otherwise, it is broadly similar to the others. It can be seen looking down to the river from the adjacent A66 highway bridge.
For anyone who would like to visit these bridges, there are details and directions in the Bowstrings over the Greta leaflet (linked below) and also on the Lake District Miles Without Stiles website. Free parking is available next to Keswick leisure centre, and there's a splendid pub in Threlkeld where weary, hungry or thirsty pontists can rest before returning along the route.