DRYGRANGE VIADUCT (LEADERFOOT VIADUCT)
The magnificent structure that crosses the river Tweed is the Drygrange Viaduct a nineteen span, single track railway viaduct. Which was built in 1865 the 19 sandstone arches measures 40 feet (13m) span.
The highest pillar is 114 feet tall above the water level.
OLD DRYGRANGE BRIDGE
Drygrange Bridge, at Leaderfoot was built circa 1778. A 4-span rubble bridge which was an engineering first when it was built. This was the original crossing for the main A68 road which takes you to England. This was thought to have been built where an old roman bridge stood and before that a ferry crossing.
NEW DRYGRANGE BRIDGE
The New Drygrange Bridge was opened in 1973 to carry the A68 highway over the River Tweed just up from the conflux with the Leader Water.
The river runs from west to east
Roads south to north
From bank to bank three bridges span
Three centuries worth
Before these the fly-boat brae
led down to its ferry
near the ghost-line of the roman way
on the outward journey
builders pay attention to the piers
so the arch can spring
taking you far from what you see
to what you’re not yet seeing
salmond sandstone pillar rise
the meeting of the two singing streams
by leafy Ravenswood
for when the Tweed is running high
from wintery moor and moss
Old Drygrange Bridge is standing here
to carry you across.
River Tweed Scottish Borders
The River Tweed, depicts the Border between Scotland and England.
The River Tweed is 97 miles (156 km) long and flows west to east across the Scottish Borders into England.
At one time there were hundreds of mills that used the rivers power to manufacture cloth.
The most famous thing linked to the River Tweed is Salmon, generating vast income for the local region.
It is one of the best Salmon fishing rivers in Scotland.