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Beggars Bridge, Glaisdale, Coas to Coast

Beggars Bridge, Glaisdale, Coast to Coast

Beggars Bridge, or Lovers Bridge, is an ancient stone built, single span packhorse bridge over the River Esk, leading from Glaisdale to Limber Hill Wood. The Coast to Coast walk passes a few yards from the bridge but does not cross it, taking instead the East Arncliffe Wood on the opposite side of the Esk to Limber Hill Wood.

A legend, based on fact, associated with the bridge relates to a young romantic couple Tom Ferres and Agnes Richardson. The flavour of Catherine Cookson seems to run with the legend, for Tom was a poor sheep farmer and Agnes the daughter of a wealthy landlord. They were prevented by their circumstances from marrying.

Tom decided to seek his fortune at sea, and tried to cross the River Esk to see Agnes before leaving. The Esk was in flood and so they were denied each other. He left for sea, surviving battles with the Spanish Armada and piracy in the West Indies, returning a wealthy man. The two lovers married and Tom built Beggars Bridge to prevent the same thing happening to others.

A ballad was written by a Mrs Dawson about this story:

"The rover came back from a far distant land,
And he claimed of the maiden her long-promised hand;
But he built, ere he won her, the bridge of his vow,
And the lovers of Egton pass over it now."
Agnes Richardson
Beggars Bridge
Catherine Cookson
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East Arnciiffe Wood
River Esk
Tom Ferres

Beggars Bridge

Beggars Bridge
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The Wild Beauty of the Coast to Coast Path is designed both as a trail guide, and as an informative and adventurous travelogue. Written by Roy David McKee, this is a must-read for anyone contemplating the walk.

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Features of the Book:
  • Route described in detail
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  • Hundreds of colour photographs that can be expanded to full page
  • Photo-galleries of particular areas of interest.
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