Situated near Furness Abbey, Bow Bridge provides a convenient point at which to cross Mill Beck beside the sluice of a former mill race.
Although not breathtaking in scale (being just 10 feet [3 metres] wide), Bow Bridge is still a fine example of a three-arched medieval bridge.
Bow Bridge was built in the fifteenth century from the same plentiful supply of red sandstone and grey limestone as Furness Abbey, which dates back to the 1120s.
There has been an established packhorse route running through Barrow-in-Furness since the Middle Ages, and Bow Bridge was constructed to help aid the effective flow of traffic across Mill Beck to the nearby Furness Abbey. The 15th Century structure has hardly changed since its inception and is now protected and preserved by English Heritage.
The bridge may have been constructed specifically to link the abbey with the nearby New Mill, but its position on one of the most important medieval trading routes in north-west England must surely be of even greater significance.
A fantastic place to go with the kids, there are some well established and very beautiful walks around Bow Bridge including Abbots Wood and the Roose to Furness Abbey Green Way. These walks provide easy access for prams & kids on bikes.
You will find fabulous new, information boards inside Furness Abbey Museum and whilst there you really should take the opportunity to stroll around the historic ruins of Furness Abbey. You can literally touch the past.
A charming coffee shop sits opposite the Furness Abbey Ruins. The Abbey Mill serves a fine English Breakfast, it has a delicious Lunch Time Menu and serves up a very English Afternoon Tea.
This small cafe also serves 14 different flavours of English Lakes Ice Cream. Oh and did I mention, well behaved dogs are very welcome.
A great place all round, somewhere for parents to relax and for the kids to run free.
If you would prefer a guided tour, Please Contact Furness Tours for Details
- Furness Tours (visitfurness.org)
- Medieval Abbots Grave Discovered At Furness Abbey (visitfurness.org)
- Sir John Barrow, 1st Baronet, FRS, FRGS (visitfurness.org)
- Lakes Legal Ltd (connectfurness.wordpress.com)