MHG34950 - Bridge - Allt na Fearna, Old Military Road, Inchnacardoch Forest


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Type and Period (1)

  • BRIDGE (18th Century - 1701 AD to 1800 AD)

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Full Description

This single span stone military bridge over the Allt na Fearna Burn is in a generally overgrown state. Originally 4.4m wide, with its span being 4m, only the arch ring and abutments survive, as the parapet and upper courses of stone have disappeared. Reported by the OS (March 1979) as being slightly damaged on the S side, it has deteriorated more (Logie 1997), with even the arch ring crumbling and a later wooden platform surmounting it being in a decayed and overgrown condition. Wooden fences block access to the bridge on both sides and a modern Bailey bridge, consisting of a wooden platform supported by iron struts with an iron railing, has superseded it. However, it is not in a good condition, as the wood is rotting and the metal is severely eroded.
Visited by OS March 1979.
M Logie (Highland Council) 1997; NMRS MS 1007/6.

In 2009 Forestry Commission Scotland commissioned C Shepherd to undertake a survey and assessment of those parts of the 18th century Military Road network crossing the National Forest Estate in Inverness, Ross & Skye, Lochaber and North Highland Forest Districts. During the survey of Inchnacardoch forest, this bridge was recorded and photographed. It was a fine single-spanned bridge. The present track had been diverted so as to avoid it. It seemed to have carried on in use into fairly recent times by means of a timber superstructure carrying the trackway. It was in need of some attention as the whole bridge was covered in potentially destructive vegetation and supporting stones were falling into the water from the underside. <1>

GIS spatial data created 2019 based on OS Master Map. <2>

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Grid reference Centred NH 3495 1016 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH31SW
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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