Crossing the river

3 May 2009: Ancient and modern… There’s a new footbridge between Highley and Alveley, replacing a structure which originally served the mines. A couple of miles upstream, at Hampton Loade, a much older means of crossing was still available in 2009, but sadly it’s no longer usable. It was the last ferry of its kind on the Severn, a simple boat attached by pulley to an overhead cable, driven across by the force of river current. Truly green transport!

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