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Report - Firbank Railway Bridges, Near Sedbergh



This day out was extremely unplanned and very spur of the moment. Originally, Mr X (cant remember his username on here, so Mr X will do for now) and myself had decided to explore Moor Hospital in Lancaster. We had managed to sneak into the far side of the complex, but before we even had time to get our cameras out security were escorting us off the site. Well with that failed we went on a reccee to find other places in the area. We found a few in Lancaster and Morecambe, but the areas were too busy with it still being during business hours we passed.

Then i remembered some old railway bridges near to where i grew up. So in the car and up the motorway to Firbank, near Sedbergh. Not so much urban as middle of the countryside. :)

At the first bridge:


Firstly we went along the top of the bridge, rather surprised at the amount of vegetation growing along the top of the bridge, we forgot to take photos lol.

It did have a hell of a view though!


Anyway, once at the other side we got the cameras out and got snapping. Sorry about the quality of some photos, I didnt use a tripod and it was raining and the grass had become rather slippy so a strong foot hold was average at best.





This photo shows the scale of the bridge, bless him, he looks like a tiny lol.


While at the first bridge we spied an old cattle shed (farmer slang coming out of me, good old days!) about 100m up the old line. So off we trotted.






All of the old slates were nicely stacked in boxes ready to be taken away, although they look like they had been there for some time.

While taking photos we were set upon by a few bullocks, growing up around cows it didn't really bother me, but city boy Mr X was a bit nervous. Few photos later...




... we set off for the second bridge further south down the old 'line.

A polite notice warning up of ravens nesting caught our eye.


Seeing as that date was a while ago, we felt confident to continue. Unfortunately we didn't expect a duck to be nesting in the middle of the bridge and we scared it off by mistake.


Hope it comes back soon!

This bridge has been used a few times for bridge swinging, and you can see why when you look down.



Once we had crossed the bridge we were able to get back far enough to get the whole bridge in frame.




Hope you enjoyed my little report. Hopefully Mr X (what the fcuk is his username lol) will be able to add some more photos.

(all photos taken with an S5600)


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