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The elegant Clifton Suspension Bridge stretches before us high, high above the thin ribbon of the River Avon at low tide nestled deep within the gorge below. Knees might wobble!
Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, it is a magnificent feat of Victorian engineering. In 1754 wine merchant William Vick left £1,000 in his will to build a bridge over the Avon Gorge but it wasn't until June 1831, once investment interest had increased the amount available and a competition had been held for the design, that work started on Brunel's wrought iron bridge. It opened in December 1864 that the bridge opened, 5 years after Brunel's death.
There is a £1 toll to cross the bridge by motor vehicle but it's free for pedestrians so let's stride out to look over to the Bristol side first.
As you can see, the path is well fenced!
You really get a sense of how high you have climbed up the hill, way over the tops of the trees. The clearance above high water level is 75 metres with the bridge being 101 metres tall. It's 412 metres in length.
I'm not so good with heights these days, so I didn't linger to take too many photos!
Once you reach the other side, there's a Visitor Centre full of interesting facts, stories and information. There isn't a cafe but nearby is a coffee cart.
Tomorrow, we'll visit the Visitor Centre and return over the bridge.