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River Orwell


River Orwell at levington DSC_6651.jpg



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The Orwell Crossing or The River Orwell Bridge as it is more popularly known is a magnificent pre stressed concrete structure completed in 1982, the public was allowed to walk on the bridge on the Sunday before the official opening, I did just that as did many others.

The height above the River Orwell is 125' and has a span of 4000', it also carries two lanes of traffic in each direction on the A12/A14 Trunk Road, there are pathways ether side of the carriageway and steps lead to below bridge level

There are various views to be had

Mid River views
From East or West on the A12/14 [Wherstead and Braziers Wood]
From the Wherstead Flyover
From Wherstead Churchyard
From Freston Hard on Westbank [3 laybys]
From Freston Folly
From Woolverstone Marina [Harwich Yacht Club]
From the open top bus journey in the summer holidays
Pipers Vale Foreshore
From Bourne Park
From a boat or air
Searsons Farm Trimley, very distant viewa
The Crane Tops at Felixstowe Docks the latter of which I have not had the pleasure of doing!

There is a 28" water pipe carried from Alton reservoir through the concrete box section
serving the people of Ipswich and District with its water supply

-- Edited by John Cooper at 22:18, 2008-09-06

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A view of the Orwell Bridge from the Pipers Vale bank.

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The Butt & Oyster Pub at Pin Mill [Chelmondiston] can serve drinks to small boat owners through a hatch on a high tide such as here, this is an idyllic spot but stay clear at weekends in the Summer as it can get extremely busy



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