Woodburn Bridge, Skelwith, Cumbria

Skelwith Bridge is a small village in the southern area of the Lake District in Cumbria. Popular amongst visitors and walkers, it boasts quality accommodation and eateries.

Chris Brammall designed and built Woodburn Bridge that sits across the River Brathay linking the village with footpaths and walkways. Commissioned by Skelwith Parish Council, Cumbria County Council and the Lake District National Park, the bridge opened up a new stretch of cycle way through woodland in a very sensitive site in the National Park.  

Cleverly and expertly designed, the bridge appears to sit lightly on each bank therefore not detracting from the natural beauty of the area.  

Built in steel, the lacquered finish offers an instantly blended, soft appearance against the background. The oak handrail was sourced locally while the form of the balustrades was inspired by the tectonic pressure patterns in the surrounding rock faces.

The bridge is named after Trevor Woodburn who originally put forward the idea for a 'miles without stiles' route and a new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists alleviating congestion on the existing road bridge. 

Fast Facts

Design: Chris Brammall

Materials: Stainless steel and oak

Dimensions: 20m span

Weight: 16 tons

Location: Cumbria

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