With so much in the news about building barriers, I was so pleased this weekend to have discovered a new bridge. Bridges are amazing things because they open up all sorts of opportunities that never otherwise would have existed; they transform places.
Near where we live there is an area of former industry which includes a lake (“Skelton Lake”) and some woodland which makes quite an attractive place to walk, cycle or run. The problem is that the whole area is relatively inaccessible and therefore isolated; it is “brown field” land and therefore a not exactly pristine unspoiled wilderness. From the well used canal towpath from Woodlesford lock to Leeds, the area concerned is the other side of the River Aire. It is possible to reach it on foot but the way is treacherous and not very obvious.
Consider my delight then when I heard that a brand new footbridge had been built to link the established towpath to this new area, opening up a route by the lake to Temple Newsam Park. I know that housing developments are planned nearby and also a possible motorway service station; as part of this it is likely that the whole area will be cleaned up and made more accessible. It won’t be a “secret place” anymore but I would much prefer a safe well used space rather than a lonely former industrial lastscape albeit reclaimed by nature.
And, the bridge is beautiful.
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the sixth day.”
Genesis 1:31 NIVUK