River Wear


Penny Ferry Bridge

A cable stayed foot / cycle bridge built opened in April 2002 - downstream of the modern Millburngate bridge.

The bridge is named after a ferry crossing nearby
which cost 1d to cross.

Forms part of NCN 14 through Durham City.

photo by Oliver Dixon - Sustrans

Framwellgate Bridge

Built around 1120, it originally had towers and gates
at each end for defence.

These were removed by the mid 18th century as traffic increased - the bridge is now pedestrian only.

The modern Millburngate Bridge now carries
the traffic over the River Wear.

Prebends Bridge

Built in 1777, it offers spectacular views of the
Cathedral and a favorite place for photographers.

At the west end a plaque features
Sir Walter Scott’s words about Durham:
Grey towers of Durham,
yet well I love thy mixed and massive piles,
half church of God, half castle ‘gainst the Scot,
and long to roam these venerable aisles, with
records stored of deeds long since forgot.

Kingsgate Bridge

This pedestrian bridge spans the River Wear from New Elvet to South Bailey, linking the University
buildings on both sides of the River.

Built in 1963 and designed by Ove Arup. A slender concrete bridge in which the parapets form the structual members. It was constructed in two sections parallel
to the banks which were then rotated to swing
together and meet in the middle.

Elvet Bridge

Dating originally from the 12th century, reconstructed in 1228 but much repaired and altered since.
It is now pedestrians only

In the 13th century two chapels were built at each
end of the bridge. The chapel to the west was
replaced by the House of Correction, parts of
whichcan still be seen today, as can parts of
St. Andrew’s Chapel at the eastern end.

Of the fourteen arches that originally existed three
were destroyed by flooding in 1771.

The bridge width was doubled in the early 1800s.

NCN 14 passes close to this bridge

© Doug-on-the-Tyne - 2004