New footbridge unites legendary Tintagel castle on Cornish coast

  • Saturday 10, August 2019 06:09 PM
  • New footbridge unites legendary Tintagel castle on Cornish coast
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: A new narrow footbridge spanning a near 60 metre gorge and almost 60 metres above sea level will open this weekend, restoring a lost crossing to a castle on the windswept coast of southern England, and leaving a small gap in the middle.
Made of steel, local Cornish slate and oak, the 5 million pound bridge will reconnect two halves of Tintagel Castle on the north Cornish coast.

The 40 mm gap in the middle is designed to represent the gap between the mainland and the island, the present and the past, and history and legend.

The castle's history is intertwined with the legend of King Arthur who was supposedly born on the site, prompting the Earl of Cornwall to build a castle on the mainland and half on a jagged headland in the sea.

The two sides were connected by a landbridge, which slowly eroded over time between the 13th century gatehouse on the mainland and the courtyard on the headland.