Men wearing bright orange boiler suits and a path diversion made for some excitement on my walk along the River Eden this morning.
It turns out that some work is being carried out on the disused Waverley Viaduct and as a result the normal path has been closed and a diversion put in place.
The former railway bridge spans the River Eden behind the Willowholme Industrial Estate.
Bikes and walkers diverted
The route across the bridge has been closed for many years due to safety concerns. However, a path beneath one of the arches is a popular route for walkers and cyclists.
Running east to west through Engine Lonning and under the bridge is the well used Hadrian’s Wall National Trail.
Hadrian’s cycleway (National Route 72) also passes along this route.
Footpath 109071, as it is officially known, has been closed by a temporary order which came into force on July 2014.
In the official notices posted near to the worksite it states that the closure of 119m of path is to allow masonry works to be undertaken.
A diversion has been put in place but this involves some recently installed steep steps and a bit of rough terrain.
Whilst I was passing through the area this morning a couple of cyclists were busy decanting their bags from their bikes and huffing a puffing about the unexpected detour.
Shall we say they were not happy about not being able to ride or push their fully loaded bikes on the new route.
It is expected that the diversion could last one more week but the paperwork states the closure could be in place for up to six months.
Until next time
Licks and wags
Update Mon 28 July 2014
Diversions are still in place around the Waverley Bridge in Carlisle, as of 4pm (ish) today. Here are some additional pictures of the work area and of the path diversion. (click image for larger view).
Update Sun 24 Aug 2014
The diversions are still in place as of 10am this morning.