Ivelet Bridge, Swaledale, Coast to Coast

Where is Ivelet Bridge?

Ivetlet Bridge is a narrow, single span, single carriageway stone bridge spanning the River Swale just south of the hamlet of Ivelet. It is dated to the 16th century and is a grade II listed structure. Ivelet is no more than a small cluster of houses that fronts the Shore Gill, a couple of hundred yards or so from the north bank of the River Swale, and Ivelet Bridge is south of the hamlet. Ivelet is midway between the villages of Muker and Gunnerside.

The lower route of the Coast to Coast footpath, between Keld and Reeth, crosses Ivelet Bridge, but unless you take a moment to leave the path and visit the edge of the river, the full splendour of the bridge would not be realised. Typical of myself I was in too much of a hurry to do so, but a tourist returning to her car stopped my wife and myself, and absolutely insisted we take the time to do so, as the reflection of the bridge in the Swale's waters was well worth it. We took her advice and did so, and were certainly grateful we did. The photo I took appears below.

On the north side of the bridge, in the grass verge, is a coffin stone, which was placed there for pall bearers to rest while carrying a coffin from Muker to Grinton church.

Ivelet Bridge appears in the t.v. series “All Creatures Great and Small”, in the episode “Call of the Wild”. This is the second bridge that we have so far come across featuring in this program.

All Creatures Great and Small
Call of the Wild
Coast to Coast
Ivelet Bridge
River Swale
Shore Gill

Ivelet Bridge

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