As well as inspect the bridge we have to check the surrounding area for any hazards that could cause problems if the water levels rise in a flood. Upstream we could see a fallen tree across the beck.
Closer inspection shows that it is completely uprooted.
And there is debris against it suggesting the water has risen to these levels in the past. If dislodged this could cause substantial damage to the bridge & therefore needs to be removed.
The River Esk with Muncaster Fell behind
Our next "bridge" is in fact about 48m of boardwalk though a very boggy section of woodland.
Looking up to Stainton Tower which is believed to have been built as a sighting point for boats entering Ravenglass Estuary.
We retraced our steps along the green lanes back to Newbiggin