Pooley Bridge re-opens
24th October 2020
Pooley Bridge has now been rebuilt and now open to traffic and pedestrians.
The bridge that gives access to Ullswater and the Northern Lake District and beyond has finally opened, following the original structure collapsing into the river during Storm Desmond in December 2015.
The Ullswater Way 21 mile long distance trail, starts and finishes at Pooley Bridge.
The UK's first stainless steel road bridge was officially opened on Friday 23 October over the River Eamont at Pooley Bridge.
Measuring 128ft long, the landmark structure reconnects the Ullswater valley with a permanent bridge to replace the 18th Century stone structure destroyed during Storm Desmond.
The new bridge at Pooley Bridge is now open to traffic and pedestrians. It will boost the economy and transport links for local people in this popular Lake District beauty spot.
The bridge was designed as a single span structure to avoid the need for piers in the river, thereby reducing the flood risk and making the structure more flood resilient.
In total, around 80 tonnes of stainless steel have been used, 2,000 tonnes of concrete laid and 650 square metres of locally sourced stone. Some 250 people have been involved in the project and the bridge has taken approximately 10,000 person hours to construct.
Photo of Pooley Bridge (the old bridge): Peter McDermott / Pooley Bridge