God's Bridge

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God's Bridge
God's Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 46665.jpg
The Pennine Way crossing the River Greta at God's Bridge
Map showing the location of God's Bridge
Map showing the location of God's Bridge
Location of God's Bridge SSSI, Co Durham
LocationTeesdale, North East, England
Coordinates54°30′33″N 2°4′2″W / 54.50917°N 2.06722°W / 54.50917; -2.06722Coordinates: 54°30′33″N 2°4′2″W / 54.50917°N 2.06722°W / 54.50917; -2.06722
Area9.3 ha (23 acres)
Established1986
Governing bodyNatural England
WebsiteMap of site

God's Bridge is a Site of Special Scientific Interest in the Teesdale district of south-west County Durham, England. It is a natural limestone bridge over the River Greta, just over 3 km upstream from the village of Bowes.

The bridge was formed by a process of cave development in the limestone beneath the river bed and is the best example in Britain of a natural bridge formed in this way; the SSSI covers a portion of the river above and below the bridge where shallow cave development by solutional activity is still taking place.[1]

The Pennine Way crosses the River Greta at God's Bridge.

Yorkshire Dales[edit]

God's Bridge, Chapel Beck - geograph.org.uk - 66139.jpg

A similar formation on the River Doe near Chapel-le-Dale in the Yorkshire Dales has the same name.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "God's Bridge" (PDF). English Nature. 1986. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 June 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  2. ^ OL2 Yorkshire Dales Southern and western areas (Map). 1:25000. Explorer. Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 3 May 2013.