The Bridge to Nowhere

Not far from Dunbar is Belhaven Beach, a stretch of sand that curves around the coast from the end of a golf course to the mouth of the River Tyne. It is a fine place, attracting surfers, kite flyers, walkers, their dugs and assorted bairns all year round, even when it’s baltic, which is often. The way most folk access the beach is from the car park at Belhaven by the chalets. There is a metal bridge which crosses the burn here and it is popularly known as ‘the bridge to nowhere’ since it is cut off twice a day by the tide. It is strange to see the bridge at high tide, stranded with water lapping at either side, a seemingly pointless structure plonked in the middle of a burn with absolutely no use whatsoever. At low tide, however, it can be crossed, though the faint of heart might not want to look down since only a metal grille separates one’s feet with the burn below.

Here are some photos of the bridge, some from the bridge itself, others from a distance, at high tide and below:

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