This narrow 15th century stone bridge across Mill Beck carried an old packhorse route to nearby Furness Abbey. During the medieval period, the traffic to and from the abbey must have been fast and furious, with the bridge carrying a steady stream of pedestrians and packhorses laden with corn, malt, salt and other goods.
Read more about the history of the bridge.
Before You Go
Access: Free parking is available at Furness Abbey, a 15-20 minute walk away.
Facilities: Furness Abbey has toilet facilities, and a shop selling drinks and snacks.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
Please be aware: Farm livestock is likely to be present. Site is adjacent to a river.
Plan a Great Day Out
Bow Bridge carried a packhorse route to nearby Furness Abbey, and there is still a pleasant walk between the two. If you are looking for a longer walk to explore the area, both Bow Bridge and Furness Abbey are points on two circular walks - one three miles long and the other seven miles long.
Piel Castle is a short drive (and ferry boat ride) away from Bow Bridge. Within a 30 minute drive you'll find Stott Park Bobbin Mill, a fascinating 19th century factory close to the shores of Lake Windermere.