Two of three – Top Bridge

Yesterday I managed to pull off of Highway 19 just before it crosses Englishman River, stopping at a disused road that was gated, and appeared to lead down to the river. I popped on my high visibility jacket, grabbed my bear spray and bear bell, and headed down the road with a camera.

I had stopped as there are brief views of an wooden E&N trestle as you whiz by on the highway, and I happen to like wooden trestles, rivers, and poking about. I poked about and was first rewarded with an up close experience with the highway bridge, and then the trestle itself.

Top bridge Regional Trail,Englishman River,suspension bridge,E&N,Trestle,rail

As it turns out, I had connected with the Top bridge Regional Trail. The Top Bridge Trail connects Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park on the Strait of Georgia with the Top Bridge Crossing, a  suspension bridge that spans the Englishman River.

Top bridge Regional Trail,Englishman River,suspension bridge,E&N,Trestle,rail

 Top bridge Regional Trail,Englishman River,suspension bridge,E&N,Trestle,rail

The 335’ Englishman River trestle consists of three spans that are 80’ above the river – it does not have a name per se, and is referred to as the Victoria Subdivision mile 93.0 bridge.

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I walked back toward the highway and then decided to take a little side trip through some brush, and up the rail embankment.

Top bridge Regional Trail,Englishman River,suspension bridge,E&N,Trestle,rail

And then along the tracks to the bridge.

Top bridge Regional Trail,Englishman River,suspension bridge,E&N,Trestle,rail

I only ventured a few feet onto the bridge as I was by myself and had no safety equipment with me – that and the fact that walking on train bridges is usually a very bad idea even if the line is not used.

Top bridge Regional Trail,Englishman River,suspension bridge,E&N,Trestle,rail

Two out of three on this trip – next time I’ll visit the suspension bridge.

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