SE0398 : Reeth Swing Bridge

taken 9 years ago, near to Reeth, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

Reeth Swing Bridge
Reeth Swing Bridge
This remarkably well-built suspension bridge was erected in 2002 to replace a similar span destroyed by floods on the night of 19 September 2000 when an uprooted tree carried by the swollen river smashed through the original structure which had withstood all previous floods since 1920. Water in this notoriously rapidly-rising river will pass the bridge without too much resistance, but a major floating object like a tree will inevitably either take the bridge out immediately or cause enough resistance to the water to win by attrition.

Despite the name, the bridge does not swing in the way that a lot of pedestrian suspension bridges can, but by timing your jumps at a quarter of the way in from one end, you can excite a second harmonic oscillation which gets the deck bouncing up and down quite effectively.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 21 March, 2009   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 21 March, 2009
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 031 989 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:23.1348N 1:57.1617W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 032 989
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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