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Cumbrian bridge re-opened after flood damage repaired

Posted 20 December 2011
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Cumbrian bridge re-opened after flood damage repaired
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Those keen to go walking in the Lake District may be pleased to learn that it has just got a little easier to travel around the national park, following the re-opening of a bridge damaged in the severe floods of late 2009.

Bouthrey Bridge, which lies between Water Yeat and Nibthwaite near the southern end of Coniston Water, has now been re-opened to traffic, with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony on the site.

A temporary bridge to offer access to pedestrians and farmers had been in place since the floods, which saw 20 crossings in the county rendered unusable.

However, only one bridge - Northside Bridge in Workington - is yet to be reopened.

Nature fans may be pleased to learn that the Bouthrey Bridge work also involved putting up new bat boxes and restoring otter habitats.

Those walking around the southern end of Coniston Water may not come across any particularly lofty fells, but they may encounter some interesting tarns.

These include Beacon Tarn - which played the part of Trout Tarn in the film Swallows and Amazions Forever - and the tiny Lang Tarn, said to be the smallest sheet of water in the national park to have a name.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801245369-ADNFCR