Photographer's Note

We regularly pass Hunters Sty Bridge when walking around Westerdale in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, but rarely are the conditions right to take a photo as it is almost always in dark shadow. In summer the trees cover it and in winter the sun never gets high enough in the sky. One day in spring we found the light to be right around lunch time.

Has anyone else noticed that if you set up your tripod, passing people are always interested in what you are photographing? While we were set up trying different angles, three different people stopped their cars, got out and took a photo of the bridge and then went on their way.

Oddly the bridge doesnt go anywhere; it just sits there over the River Esk. Presumably back in the mists of time before the road was built, there was a cart track or pack horse path. There doesnt seem to be much information out there, so Ive no idea how it got its strange name. It is thought to have been built by the Knights Templar, who had a Preceptory in the nearby village of Westerdale between 1119 - 1309. The ribbed stonework underneath the arch is dated from around that time. If you look closely you can see the ribbing. It was restored in 1874 by the Duncombe family from Helmsley about 20 miles away. I presume at that time it was on their land.

I have marked the approximate place of the bridge on the map, (link right) but you cant see it for the trees. It is opposite the cricket field. If you follow the trees you can glimpse the River Esk here and there.

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