Oh my, looks like Melitsa will have to be re routing her Wye Valley Walk for a bit! What a shame but I’m sure it will be repaired soon enough 🙂

First published in Gloucestershirelive

The popular footbridge which links both sides of the Wye Valley at Symonds Yat is closed for the foreseeable future after suffering damage in the post Storm Dennis floods.

Biblins Bridge normally has a clear few feet between itself and the river, and links the footpaths which run along both sides of the Wye.

But following the record rain brought by Storm Dennis water has risen so high that at one point earlier in the week the water touched the middle section the bridge and debris carried downstream from Ross-on-Wye and Lydbrook has damaged the sides of the wooden suspension bridge.

The Forestry England posted a picture of the bridge submerged at one side on its Facebook page, warning visitors to the Wye Valley that it would be closed for some time.

The post read: “Flood water has taken its toll on the Biblins bridge, it will be some time before it reopens. Structural engineers will be carrying out a full assessment so we know the scale of damage and can plan the repair.

“Please keep away from the bridge whilst it is closed for your safety and take extra care around the river if you are walking in the area.”

The bridge is used by thousands of visitors to the area every year.

The tweet below gives an indication of what it normally looks like vs how it looked earlier in the week.

The Forestry England picture, which has been shared more than 200 times prompted fears the bridge had been washed away but on closer inspection it is the ramp which leads onto the river bank which has been damaged by what appears to be a large tree branch.

The main structure of the bridge is still in tact with the damage limited to the Welsh side of the bridge next to the Biblins campsite.

Symonds Yat West and Symonds Yat East have both been severely affected by the flooding along the Wye with the Saracen’s Head pub and the Butterfly Zoo on the opposite bank both damaged.

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Walk leader @ Wales Outdoors, life model @ Cardiff Life Models and poet @ Self Published I opened the first mountain bike hire business in the Brecon Beacons National Park in 1995. Since then my business, Wales Outdoors, has grown and morphed and is now the most active and most popular guided walks and adventure travel provider in Wales. Andy has been a volunteer co-ordinator, guided walks programme organiser and part time central area warden for the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, chair of Brecon Beacons Tourism, a Duke of Edinburghs area co-ordinator, a Princes Trust social inclusion manager, the catalyst for the Brecon Beacons National Park Environment Charter and a key motivator for the inception of the outdoor activity peer group, SWOAPG. Join Me! for a walk or two :)