The Cradle of Fly Fishing's History starts just here at the bridge near the ford at Beresford Dale. It's marked FB on the map next to the "o" in "Beresford":
"Do you use to travel with wheelbarrows in this country?"
Of course this bridge is like Caesar's Axe. It has had all its parts replaced several times over the centuries, but we are lucky in that it has kept its profile just as it would have been in 1674 and before then too! These locally traditional bridges are no longer common. Most of them have been replaced with wider and safer structures. It is a source of joy to me that this one is here, just as it should be. I hope the Health and Safety folk never get their hands on it!
We can retrace more of the history of this great Sport of ours whilst we follow in the footsteps of Charles Cotton's Piscator and Viator up through Bereford Dale. Next time I'll show you the "Pike Pool".