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Thursday, 18 April 2013

Picturesque Toll Bridges in Wales



Two of my favourite bridges in Snowdonia were old toll bridges, charging a few pennies a time for the privilege of taking a shortcut across a river instead of having to drive around.

It's always a slight surprise to me, in modern Britain, that these little private bridges endure. The prices aren't high, and a toll bridge needs an operator to collect the charges, whose wages must be offset against any profits (although one of these two was actually unattended when we visited, the toll booth closed for the off season, and therefore we could cross for free).

But they must make enough money to remain viable, and so we have the pleasure of driving across tiny, slightly rickety, single-track bridges.

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8 comments:

Rachel said...

Bridges are constantly fascinating, aren't they - there are so many different ways to answer the puzzle of how to bridge the gap!

Doreen Bates Zakem said...

very cool! looks like a walking bridge to me. not big enough for a car.

Bibliomama said...

Yeah - if someone's coming the other way, do you have to back up all the way until they can pass?

Rebecca Subbiah said...

always enjoy the wonderful travel pictures you post have a good weekend and my cousin is also doing a PHD in Sheffield

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said...

I grew up in a small town in Maine and we had a 2-cent bridge crossing the river to the city on the other side. It was always called the 2-cent bridge but now they've changed the name and don't charge any more. I love these photos!!

tammy j said...

i have come from the peanut.
cannot wait to simply sit back with my coffee and wander through this site.
already ~ one of my favorite things... bridges.
all bridges. quaint. majestic. small. old. new.
they are simply magical.
i think i even did a post on them once. can never remember what i've done! LOL
ok. enough talk tammy. settle back for a delightful train ride in rachel's world.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Very cool!

AVCr8teur said...

A very picturesque area. I wonder if there is a schedule if a bridge is closed for the off-season or after-hours so drivers will know in advance. To answer your question about my Golden Gate Bridge post, yes, the toll charge is only one-way.

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