Forton Aqueduct and Skew Bridge
Post 5 - Forton
When life is finally breathed into this lovely canal, and it would be almost criminal if it isn't, I predict the Forton will become one of the honeypot moorings. Not only is there a very pretty village 400 yards up the road, there are also two particularly attractive structures on the canal itself within a stone's throw of each other.
Messe Aqueduct at Forton - south face
Dr D summed the aqueduct up when he climbed over a fence and exclaimed "Oh, wow. You are going to love this - its certainly one for the aqueduct Blog". And he was right. It's is a beautiful three arched sandstone aqueduct built on the skew. From the canal bed it's charms are completely hidden, and the north face is a bit pedestrian, but oh the south face, basking in the noonday sun over a pool of clear water. A little slice of heaven.
Messe Aqueduct at Forton - north face
If that wasn't enough, a mere 100 yards to the west lies the Forton Skew Bridge. Again, a structure bult in soft local sandstone on an angle, and again perfectly preserved. There is no rubbish, no vandalism, just an abandoned bridge in mint condition - just add water.
Under the Forton Skew Bridge
Actually getting down to it was tricky for those of us in shorts, but what I found was well worth the stings I suffered. What do you think?
Bridge Guard - Forton Skew Bridge