Castleford Bridge

The Bridge over River Aire,

Castleford Bridge sits across the River Aire which is situated in the town of Castleford. The bridge is used as a footbridge to get from one side to the other. It is a very good place for anyone to come and just sit down for a while, to watch as the water goes back and forth.

There are some that would come here to gather their thoughts, before heading home, others would come to escape from the hustle and bustle of town. For whatever reason it may be, you won’t be disappointed.                     

The Bridge is a multi-award winning 130m long pedestrian footbridge and was designed by architects McDowell and Benedetti. The bridge now connects the North and South of Castleford riverside, connecting Aire Street to Mill Lane. The £4.8 million Bridge was created for public use, so that the pedestrians had a safer and more pleasant passage across, oppose to the 200-year-old Victorian road bridge, which is situated further downstream.  If you look closely, you can see it for yourself when you stand there on the bridge.

The town of Castleford as one amazing bridge, which was very well thought out. It is not like your average, run of the mill bridge that only goes straight over the river bed. The curvature of this bridge starts to curve from one side of the embankment to the other. It is created in the shape of an S, with its winding bends and amazing view, it is the perfect place to come and visit.

Thinking Place

I had chosen the perfect day to come to this quaint little market town. The bridge was my focus point for stopping here, as I love unusual shapes and the bridge fitted perfectly into that category. Whilst here I found myself sitting on one of its many seats, I closed my eyes and just listened to the sound of the water running. It felt so therapeutic, just listening to the many sounds that the river made…

You can easily get lost in your own thoughts and it was whilst visiting this bridge that I found my own inspiration, to write a short poem. I hope that everyone finds their own special place and that you too can find your own thinking place, so you can find your own inspiration and watch it start to come alive.

The River Aire,
That stands so bare,
Could not wait to go,
As the water starts to flow.

Pigeons come in their flock,
For they will be,
Sitting next to me,
They’re upon the dock.

Castleford Town

Castleford is a town that is situated in the metropolitan borough of Wakefield, with short ride to neighbouring towns like Pontefract, Normanton, Featherstone, and Knottingley.

You are also not a million miles away from some cities too, like Sheffield, Leeds, or Manchester. There are plenty of things to do and see to keep yourself busy.  The town’s people here are among the friendliest I have encountered so far…

The Market

Castleford as a market on every day of the week, except for Sundays. The indoor market is situated in the Market Hall, it opens Monday to Saturday from 9am until 5pm, but they are only open half day on a Wednesday until 1pm. The market consists of 73 stalls that have everyday things, for every occasion. They sell items like food, flowers, clothes, books etc. There is something for everyone.

On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, there is also an outdoor market that runs in conjunction with the indoor market, with another 80 stalls on top of the 73 stalls that’s in the indoor market. It opens up at 8:30am until 4pm.

Castleford is definitely worth a visit.

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