Silver Bridge (Garve)
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|Crossings related to the A835|
The A835 crosses the Black Water a number of times as it winds its way up the valley to the Aultguish Inn at Loch Glascarnoch. The bridge just north of Garve doesn't seem to have a commonly known name, but the neighbouring council yard is called Silver Bridge. Unlike other old bridges in the area it isn't listed, making it difficult to tell how old it is. However, what is known is that it has been replaced by the new bridge a couple of metres downstream.
The Old Bridge
Two stone arches span the river, with a central pier in a lump of bedrock rising from the river bed. The bridge carries a level roadway and is otherwise similar in design to the structure downstream at Contin Bridge which is attributed to Thomas Telford in 1812, albeit without the cutwaters and pilasters due to the central pier resting on rock. This would suggest that this bridge was part of the same Highland Road project.
The bridge actually crosses two different channels of the river, which at this point is tumbling quite steeply over rapids and falls into a pool below the new bridge. Indeed, it is such a picturesque spot that a car park lies alongside, utilising part of the old road alignment.
The New Bridge
Lying almost parallel downstream is the new bridge, this time a single span structure supported by steel girders under the deck. The roadway is a full S2 width with pavements on both sides and metal railing parapets.
|Silver Bridge (Garve)|