Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Exploring Northumberland // The Union Chain Bridge


Back when I posted about the Chain Bridge Honey Farm, I mentioned the place that gave it half it's name - the famous Union Chain Bridge, situated a two minute walk away down the beautiful road, pictured below.
These are my photos from our little trip there. 




The Union Chain Bridge is a suspension bridge opened way back in 1820, crossing the river tweed from Horncliffe, Northumberland in ENGLAND to Fishwick, Berwickshire, SCOTLAND. That in itself is pretty cool to me and being able to literally be in two countries within minutes is crazy to me.
Not only that but the bridge boasts it's own little history as not only was it the longest wrought iron suspension bridge in the world when it first opened, but also the first of it's type used for vehicles in the UK and today it is the oldest bridge (again of it's type) to still be carrying cars.

You may not be able to tell from the photos but it really isn't a very big bridge. All of us (minus Mam, she's scared of heights) had a walk across, peer off the side and stood on the edge when cars went past to feel how much it actually moves!
As you can see - the views are stunning and we were very lucky to be there on such a beautiful day.





It isn't a place you can really spend a long time at or anything but it's cool to say you've been, fun to photograph and a must if you are headed to the Honey Farm anyways. To find out more about the bridge and the efforts to preserve the 200 year old wonder visit the 'Friends of the Union Chain Bridge' website and make sure to let me know if you have been before or would ever add it to your Northumberland to-do list!



12 comments:

  1. That shot of the water is just stunning, you are so talented!

    x

    www.bewarewildbear.com

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    1. Oh I'm not! Pfftt. Thank you though! :D

      xo

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  2. Loved the first picture of the bridge and the one with the dogs they´re too cute!

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    1. Thank you!! The mainly black dog is mine, Baker sat with my Mam and Dad and the other is his friend Bell!

      xo

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  3. I love that first shot of the bridge! I will definitely have to have an explore around this place at some point. - Tasha

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    1. Thank you! Yes! When I eventualllllyyy (I've been saying this forever) get a new car I'll show you around all the places in my area!

      xo

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  4. I had no idea this existed .. now I really want to go!!

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    1. It does!! haha Had you heard of the Honey Farm? It's pretty popular, definitely one for when you have a car though!

      xo

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  5. Great pictures but no way would I stand on that when a car went across!!

    Heather | Random Redheaded Ramblings

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    1. Thank you. Haha!! Yeah my Mam was the same :P It's perfectly safe though I promise.

      xo

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  6. It looks like a nice peaceful that I wouldn't made having a wander around. It's something I could see myself doing if I fancied having a half day adventure somewhere, probably walking around the water too just to add some more time to the trip :)
    Gorgeous photos, as always!

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    1. Yeah I totally think it'd be up your street. I couldn't see how to get down to the river as the road down to that house on the right was a private road but there is bound to be a way. I know that when I was in school people in my year used to go there in summer to jump off the bridge into the river.
      Thank you!!

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