Chance to name bridge at Skipton Woods

The new bridge in Skipton Woods, which visitors are being asked to name

The new bridge in Skipton Woods, which visitors are being asked to name

First published in News

Visitors to historic Skipton Woods are being given the chance to suggest a name for a newly reinstated bridge.

As part of an improvement programme, the Woodland Trust, which leases the wood from Skipton Castle, has reinstated an old bridge, opening up access to the western part of the wood.

The original bridge stood on the site 100 years ago and now, with money from Yorventure, it has been replaced – spanning more than 40 feet over a small gorge above the rushing Eller Beck.

Together with an improved path network, the bridge means visitors to the 37-acre wood can enjoy a circular walk through oak, pine and spruce trees.

Now, the trust is hoping people will want to suggest a name, which will be put on a plaque on the bridge for future generations.

It has also recreated an old picture of the original bridge with a modern version featuring modern visitors.

Alistair Nash, Woodland Trust site manager, said: “This latest piece of improvement work on site will really help visitors to see more of the wood – they’ll be able to get into the western part and enjoy a fantastic walk through the trees.

“We hope lots of people will jump at the chance to be a part of this wood’s history and send us their suggestions for the new bridge’s name.”

Angela Pease, Yorventure community project manager, said: “Yorventure and Yorwaste Ltd are delighted to be involved with the reinstatement of this historic bridge, which will enable many more visitors to further explore and enjoy this wonderful woodland.”

Suggested names for the bridge should be sent by email to

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