Lydbrook Black Bridge
The Wye Valley AONB Unit is working with Gloucestershire County Council, Herefordshire Council and the Black Bridge Steering Group to find a viable long term solution for the former Lydbrook railway bridge which now carries the Wye Valley Walk. A temporary walkway will allow walkers access across the bridge once more. For more infromation see here.
However a recent application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a Heritage Grant to refurbish the bridge was not successful. Please see the Gloucestershire County Council Press Release here.
Lydbrook Bridge, also known as Stowfield Viaduct or The Black Bridge, spans the river between Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. The bridge is important to the community as a strategic link for the Wye Valley Walk and the YHA Wye Valley Hostel at Welsh Bicknor. There is a 6 mile road route separating the two sides of the bridge. The footpath is a designated Public Right of Way on the Herefordshire half of the Bridge but not for the Gloucestershire part. Under mutual agreement Gloucestershire County Council have responsibility for maintenance of this bridge.
Gloucestershire County Council (GCC), had to close the walkway over Lydbrook Bridge in February 2016 due to safety issues with the structure. Safety work was carried out during the summer of 2018 to make sure that people passing under the bridge - canoeists on the river and walkers on the riverbank footpath - were not endangered by falling bits of metal or wooden decking that were rusting and rotting away. This has all been cleared and the temporary walking installed. The partners and interested parties continue to work on a long term solution, and the funding to implement it.
For further information about the Lydbrook Black Bridge restoration project please contact Andrew Blake, Wye Valley AONB Manager and/or follow the ‘Wye Valley AONB’ and ‘Reopen Stowfield River Crossing’ Facebook pages