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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

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Linked to two other photo-trails in Flatts Wood, this route offers a tranquil riverside trail alongside the picturesque River Tees, past “The Silver Bridge” (Tees Aqueduct built in 1893) and the Weir to a picnic area on the site of a former Roman Ford below the Castle. The picnic site was created in 2000 to celebrate the town’s link to the river and also commemorate an ancient Roman Ford discovered there. The 3 stone seats signify the “Tees Roll” - the action of the river being “The Dive”, “The Surface” and “The Roll”. The route is 500m from the car-park to the picnic site. Parking is available by “The Silver Bridge” but bays are not marked and the surface can be uneven with compacted gravel and soil in parts. In a number of locations, the gradient exceeds 5% (1 in 20), with the steepest being 16% (1 in 6) on the approach to the viewing point over-looking the Weir. Paths are generally non-smooth tarmac and with block-paving at the picnic site and widths range from approximately 1.5m–2.0m. A seat is provided at the Weir and 3 are available at the picnic site.

Surveyed by: David Gribble, November 2015 (Autumn)
Accessibility Rating: 3More Information
Distance: 0.2 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: Parking is available by “The Silver Bridge” but bays are not marked and the surface can be uneven with compacted gravel and soil in places
Steps: Steps up to the seat viewing area adjacent the weir an alternative route over grass is available.
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

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Parking by Silver Bridge spaces are designated for disabled visitors. Car park surface is uneven compacted gravel and soil. There are some areas of loose gravel Parking bays are not marked.

CarPark Parking by Silver Bridge spaces are designated for disabled visitors. Car park surface is uneven compacted gravel and soil. There are some areas of loose gravel Parking bays are not marked.

Firm tarmac surface gradients less than 5% (1:20) path width approx 1.8m

Path Firm tarmac surface gradients less than 5% (1:20) path width approx 1.8m

 

Path

Firm tarmac surface route down from main path to viewing area and information panel gradient 16% (1 in 6) is excessive.

Gradient Firm tarmac surface route down from main path to viewing area and information panel gradient 16% (1 in 6) is excessive.

Stepped access to seat from viewing area path steps have overhanging nosings and are not visually contrasted. Seat has armrest both sides. Seat height 380mm (15”) seat depth 37mm (14.5”).
Access can be gained from the main path by negotiating the grassed area.
The viewing area and seat offer good views along the river

Seat Stepped access to seat from viewing area path steps have overhanging nosings and are not visually contrasted. Seat has armrest both sides. Seat height 380mm (15”) seat depth 37mm (14.5”). Access can be gained from the main path by negotiating the grassed area. The viewing area and seat offer good views along the river

Firm tarmac surface on route from viewing are and information panel back up to main path gradient 16% (1 in 6) is excessive.
Low wall offers an opportunity to rest.

Gradient Firm tarmac surface on route from viewing are and information panel back up to main path gradient 16% (1 in 6) is excessive. Low wall offers an opportunity to rest.

Route Firm tarmac surface continues under tree canopy at a gradient of 4.5% (1 in 22)

Path Route Firm tarmac surface continues under tree canopy at a gradient of 4.5% (1 in 22)

Firm tarmac surface continues alongside stone walling at  a gradient of 4.5%( 1 in 22)

Path Firm tarmac surface continues alongside stone walling at a gradient of 4.5%( 1 in 22)

Firm tarmac surface continues alongside the stone walling turning left at its end up to the picnic site and 3 stone seats. The gradient of this section of the path varies between 10% (1 in 10) and 14% (1 in 7) over 10m.

Gradient Firm tarmac surface continues alongside the stone walling turning left at its end up to the picnic site and 3 stone seats. The gradient of this section of the path varies between 10% (1 in 10) and 14% (1 in 7) over 10m.

Route to the picnic site and stone seats is a tarmac surface and changes to block paviors with firm even surface.

Path Route to the picnic site and stone seats is a tarmac surface and changes to block paviors with firm even surface.

Level firm block pavior route to raised circular feature which may present a trip hazard to some users

Path Level firm block pavior route to raised circular feature which may present a trip hazard to some users

Sculptural stone seating offering seating resting opportunties.
Raised central feature presents a trip hazard to some users.

Seat Sculptural stone seating offering seating resting opportunties. Raised central feature presents a trip hazard to some users.

The Roman Ford Picnic Site, Flatts Woods. Phototrail

 

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