SJ6151 : Bethills Bridge north-west of Ravensmoor, Cheshire

taken 3 years ago, near to Ravensmoor, Cheshire, Great Britain

Bethills Bridge north-west of Ravensmoor, Cheshire
Bethills Bridge north-west of Ravensmoor, Cheshire
Looking north towards Bethills Bridge (No 11) across the Llangollen Canal, an accommodation Bridge which carries no public access into adjacent fields.

Rob Farrow writes:
Accommodation Bridges
When the canals (or railways) were built in the 18th and 19th centuries, they were often routed in such a way that farmers and other landowners had their land bisected, so bridges had to be provided to allow access to fields on both sides of the canal. These bridges are frequently referred to as accommodation bridges, and however solid and well constructed, often don't lead anywhere except from one field to another.
Llangollen Canal
The Llangollen canal is an arm of the Shropshire Union canal that runs from Hurleston Junction to Llangollen with a wide variety of scenery along its course. Its total length is 46 miles, but the last 1 miles from Llangollen to Llantisilio is unnavigable by any boats over about 10' length.
The canal's vital statistics for craft are:
Length 72 '
Beam 6'10"
Headroom 7'
Draught 2'3" (Hurleston to Pontcysyllte) 2' (P. to Llangollen)
These are the maximum dimensions for any craft, based on the minimum dimensions of locks & bridges.
There are a total of 21 locks on the canal, but only two between Llangollen and Whitchurch (a distance of about 31 miles). One of the most notable things about the canal is the strong flow especially in the "narrows" near Llangollen and in the tunnels near Chirk. About 12 million gallons of water passes down this canal from the River Dee to the Shropshire Union every day.
The most famous feature of this canal is the superb feat of engineering that is the 200-year-old Pontcysyllte Aqueduct rising 126' above the River Dee and running for over 335 yds - for more information on this see the numerous photos for squares SJ2742 and SJ2741
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 23 September, 2015   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 6 August, 2017
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Canals 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 6112 5139 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:3.5002N 2:34.8938W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 6112 5135
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