|Open at last, and what a fine bridge it is. A credit to all those who have been concerned with the planning, the design, the construction, and the installation over the last ten years.|
Although the contractors have now left the site, the gates to the new greenway on the Shardlow side are locked, but it is possible to access the bridge by keeping on the towpath of the nearby Trent and Mersey Canal past Bridge No. 1.
It is not until you cross the new bridge that you realise, not only what a supernb stucture it is, but also how significant it will become for cyclists in providing a vital link between Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghanshire. There are many important geographical features nearby. In the background of the above photograph is the confluence of the Rivers Derwent and Trent, and alongside is the Trent and Mersey Canal. The M1 motorway crosses the Trent near Sawley and it is possible to cycle alongside the river to Sawley Marina and on to Trent Lock, where you can access the Erewash Trail, or follow the River Trent towards Nottingham.
|This is a view of the deck seen from the Derbyshire side of the bridge.|
A generous 3m width allows bikes, pedestrians and horses (long horses?) to pass without conflict.
|The local pigeon population will be thrilled to see the new nest sites on the underside of the bridge, although boaters passing under the bridge may not be so happy.|