The bridge is nestled within sycamores, just behind the beach and the ruins of a Victorian serpentine stoneware factory, now reclaimed by nature. It was designed by local architect Matthew Robinson and constructed by Ben Harris of River Oak. Working together with Matt we wanted to incorporate something of the location, its landscape and history, in the design, hence the boat inspired curves and local stone finials. Poltesco was once the base for a small seine netting fleet, so boats and stone are at the heart of the cove's history.
Building the bridge has been quite a challenge, not least because every component had to be small enough to carry in by hand down the path! The whole thing was made in Ben's workshop, before being dismantled, transported to site and then put back together like a giant 3D jigsaw. Cunning use of an old sail rigged overhead kept the worst of the rain off as the team eased everything in to place.
We're thrilled with how the bridge has come alive, from the initial drawings and ideas we shared with Matt, and we are sure the many walkers out on the coast path will appreciate this fantastic new bridge too. We would like to thank Natural England for their generous grant towards this project, and the South West Coast Path team for their support.
Why not pay Carleon Cove and our new bridge a visit, Pooh sticks optional!
Published: May 2013
Author: Rachel Holder (National Trust, Lizard Rangers' Office, Poltesco)
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