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Tintagel Castle Footbridge, Tintagel

Two cantilevers that don't quite meet in the middle

Tintagel Castle Footbridge.
Tintagel Castle Footbridge. Credit: David Levene

Ney & Partners and William Matthews Associates for English Heritage
Contract value: £3.5m 
Length: 68m 
Cost per m2: £20,000

According to myth King Arthur was conceived at Tintagel Castle, where a new bridge now spans the 65m void between headland and mainland. For centuries visitors had to cross a wooden bridge at the foot of the void and climb onto the island,  restricting access and causing congestion. The design is relatively simple – two cantilevers which reach out from each abutment and don’t quite meet in the middle.  Technically the central gap allows each half of the bridge to expand and contract; poetically it creates a threshold. A series of 15m long rock anchors tie the bridge halves into each cliff face.

  • Tintagel Castle Footbridge.
    Tintagel Castle Footbridge. Credit: Alan Crow Hufton & Crow
  • Tintagel Castle Footbridge.
    Tintagel Castle Footbridge. Credit: Alan Crow Hufton & Crow
  • Tintagel Castle Footbridge.
    Tintagel Castle Footbridge. Credit: Alan Crow Hufton & Crow
  • Tintagel Castle Footbridge.
    Tintagel Castle Footbridge. Credit: Jim Holden
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