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Dumfries and West
Tracing the stories of the bridges

A NEW guide will highlight the contribution of bridges to the development of Dumfries since the Middle Ages.

The guidebook developed by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Scotland, in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council features seven bridges spanning the River Nith, from the Devorgilla Bridge, the oldest surviving multiple arched masonry bridge in Scotland, to the Kirkpatrick Macmillan Bridge, built in 2006 and named after a Nithsdale man who, in 1839 invented the pedal-driven ‘velocipede’, the precursor of the modern bicycle.

Speaking about the new guide, ICE Scotland director Ben Westland said: “This trail is a great chance to explore the civil engineering infrastructure in Dumfries town centre.

“The bridges tell the story not only of the town’s history but also the history of transport; from horse-drawn carriages, through the growth of cars, to the modern focus on active travel routes.

“There’s so much packed into such a short walk.”

The Dumfries bridges civil engineering trail is available online at: www.ice.org.uk/Scotland.

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