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Ashestiel or Low Peel Bridge spans the Tweed and lies just off the A707, but is generally hidden by trees. Its significance is therefore well camouflaged, but at 131'6" or just over 40m in span, it was one of the largest single span rubble built bridges in the world. That claim has been somewhat muted over the years, with the original deck replaced by a reinforced concrete slab in the 1950s, and further works to the parapets and spandrels carried out in the 1980s. Nevertheless, it was a remarkable achievement when it first opened back in 1848, even if a failure of the first attempt resulted in the bankruptcy of the contractors.