The Devil’s Bridge at Kirkby Lonsdale

100-0173 - Version 2Kirkby Lonsdale is a small historic town in South Lakeland, Cumbria on the A65 . Settlement here dates back to pre-Roman Neolithic and Celtic periods when it was a crossing point over the river Lune.

The town is noted for the Devil’s Bridge  over the river, dating from around 1370 and constructed with three spans, the western two measuring 54.75 feet (16.69 m) each and the eastern one 29 feet (8.8 m). The piers are hexagonal and measure 60 feet (18 m) around.

Legend says that  the Devil appeared to an old woman, promising to build a bridge in exchange for the first soul to cross over it. When the bridge was finished, the woman threw bread over the bridge and her dog chased after it, thereby outwitting the Devil.


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