Since I noted a week or two ago that I didn't have many photos of bridges I seem to have been snapping nothing but bridges! This is one of my favourites - Beckfoot Bridge. It's local to where I used to live in Bingley and it was a much-loved and often enjoyed stroll down to the ford and old stone bridge over Harden Beck.
It is a packhorse bridge, just wide enough for one horse or a pedestrian. Built in 1723 by two local masons at a cost of £10, it replaced an earlier wooden bridge. The road is an ancient forest trail that developed into a bridle way and packhorse route from Bingley along the Aire Valley. Beside it is an old farmhouse that once belonged to the Knights Templar. When I was there the other day the house was shrouded in scaffolding, having roof repairs, so I didn't take a photo - I'll go back another day.
It's a fairly quiet spot now - but I have seen several cars stranded in the middle of the ford, which is much deeper than it looks. Some sat-navs apparently direct people along this road and some idiots obviously leave their reasoning faculties at home and drive along, ignoring the signs that say 'Unsuitable for Motors'. The man who lives in the farmhouse has a pair of thigh-high waders, as it is a fairly regular occurrence that he has to rescue people from the beck!
For more Sunday bridges, please visit Louis La Vache's blog.
May I also say a huge thank you to those people who responded to my 'big ask' yesterday for votes for the Photography Competition I've entered. What lovely, encouraging people you are. I'll let you know what happens.... If you missed it, please go back and have a look.