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Dykend Bridge

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Dykend Bridge
Location Map ( geo)
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From:  Lintrathen
To:  Kirkton of Glenisla
Highway Authority
Opening Date
late C18th, 1950s
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Concrete Bridge
On road(s)
Crossings related to the B951
Looking across the bridge

Dykend Bridge carries the B951 across the Melgam Water immediately to the east of its junction with the B954. The bridge is a single span concrete deck bridge carrying a wide S2 carriageway between wide pavements. It has the appearance of a 1950s structure, although it may be from the late 1930s. The parapets are built of square cut rubble stone and curve away from the road in each corner, albeit to different degrees. Beneath the bridge there are substantial walls alongside the channel to keep the water flowing in the right place.

Curiously, the online council record claims that this bridge is probably late 18th century in date, and consists of a single stone arch across the river. Now obviously, the current structure is not the first bridge on this site, but to date a site visit has not been carried out. It is therefore unclear at present whether the council record refers to a long demolished previous crossing, or if the old bridge remains encased in the current structure having been widened in the past. The shape of the bridge suggests that the former is much more likely.


A short distance to the west of the bridge, just beyond Dykends Cottage, the B951 meets the B954 at a skewed crossroads. The B954 approaches from the south, climbing round a bend to end on the B951 at a sharp west facing fork, with an unclassified route continuing north at a similar angle. This is a long dead end, which crosses the top of the grassy dam for the Backwater Reservoir on its way deep into the hills.


Route To Notes


Kirkton of Glenisla former B931


Kirriemuir former B931


Backwater Reservoir, Glenhead No Through Road

Dykend Bridge
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Road (B951) and bridge at Dykend crossing Back Water - Geograph - 6202050.jpgNorth end of the B954.jpg

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