Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Barton Bridge - The return of BigVertigoMendoza - April 08

Wow, this was another of my daft ideas. Having spent a day mooching round Trafford Park and Salford I drove over this bridge, started thinking, got off the motorway on the Trafford Park side, dumped the car and went for a walk.

It's an impressive structure from close up, huge concrete pillars carry the M60 across the Manchester Ship Canal in a span of nearly 2500ft. And there is a walkway underneath. Only problem was, how the hell do we get up there and past the locked gate? Userscott, he's the man for this kind of thing.

So I fired off a few emails and Scott was onboard, 'when do we do it?'. As enthusiastic as ever and always up for a challenge, the date was set.

Four of us met beneath the giant bridge, open for business since 1961, Scott was first up, then Yaz, then Havoc, then me. It's amazing how much safer you feel wearing a climbing harness and being clipped on, this could be habit forming :-> .

The first thing we had to negotiate was a locked door, couldn't go through, we went under it, was scary as hell, I tell you!!

Once that little obstacle was behind us we had free rein on the walkways right across from Trafford Park to Barton in the North 2425 ft away! And wow, what an amazing experience as the cars thunder overhead, unaware there are four chaps pottering about a matter of feet beneath their wheels. Get in there!

We were on the bridge for the best part of four hours, eventually making our way down around half eleven, before posing for pictures at ground level.

Another TOP Manchester explore, what the hell are we gonna do next?

TnM :->

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