Bridging the Borders
Redbrook Bridge Conservation Project
The Redbrook Bridge/Penallt Viaduct is an iconic Wye Valley landmark. Constructed in 1876, the Grade 2 Listed bridge is a classic example of a vital piece of railway infrastructure which linked communities together and with the rest of the outside world. As a treasured part of our social and industrial heritage, Redbrook and Penallt village communities are working, in partnership with the Wye Valley AONB Partnership, to ensure that this iconic bridge has a useful and meaningful future as a multi-user bridge. Unfortunately despite a huge amount of work and effort by the community partnership in 2012 & 2013 a Heritage Lottery Bid was unsuccessful.
The AONB Unit commented ‘We are obviously very disappointed by HLF’s decision not to support us, especially after all of the hard work we and our partners put into the application. The long term future of the bridge and the access it provides is still our primary concern and we will continue to work with the local communities and partners to safeguard this important heritage asset’
Redbrook Bridge/Penallt Viaduct has become a vital footpath link for Redbrook and Penallt since the bridge closed for passenger trains in January 1959 and for freight trains in 1964. It now carries the Wye Valley Walk and is also a link for a range of walks in the area.
Opas International Consultants were commissioned by the Wye Valley AONB to carry out topographical and structural surveys. These were carried out in October and November 2012. The report can be downloaded here
For further information about the project and the bid outcome please email Nick Critchley firstname.lastname@example.org
For a little taster of the stunning Wye Valley river landscape enjoy this video ' Bridge over the River Wye' filmed by FlyPix videos Duke of Beaufort Bridge, Monmouth, Redbrook Bridge, Bigsweir Bridge and Brockweir Bridge are all featured
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A partnership between the AONB Unit, Ross-on-Wye Town Council and Natural England have started tree management work on the banks of the Wye where it passes through Ross, to benefit biodiversity and create river views.
If you are 14-18 years old and love exploring the countryside of the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean, then the Wye Valley AONB Youth Ranger programme is looking for you! Come along to our Taster Day on September 30th.