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Built in 1876 to provide a rail link to the Lower Wireworks site, the Wireworks Bridge is a visible reminder of Tintern’s industrial past. Despite being hardly used originally (as it was built at the tail end of the industrial period), hundreds of people now cross the bridge every day to visit Tintern or explore the wooded slopes of the Wye Valley. If the bridge seems familiar, it’s because it featured in Netflix’s hit ‘Sex Education’ series.
This bridge serves as the first crossing point on the River Wye north of Chepstow and is a crucial link to many walks and trails. The Wye Valley Greenway is a popular walking and cycling route, which follows the old railway line, through the spectacular 1km Tidenham tunnel, to Chepstow. Crossing here, walkers can also head to Devil’s Pulpit, a stunning viewpoint over Tintern Abbey and the village. The bridge also links to Offa’s Dyke Path, a 177 mile trail along the England-Wales border.
The Wireworks Bridge has now reopened!