Cock Bridge

We managed to get back on our bikes yesterday morning (before the rain), and cycle a route I'd earmarked to do. Only 30 km, but fairly hilly, so a worthwhile outing.

This is taken at Cock Bridge, and thanks to Google, I can tell you that the bridge was built in the mid-eighteenth century, as part of a military road-building programme linking Coupar Angus and Fort George.

The name came from a nearby weather-vane, which once stood here and was also constructed by the soldiers. The bridge was built of rubble, and consists of a single arch crossing the Allt Bad Mhic Griogair.

The military roads linked strategic places throughout the Highlands, helping the government to control the area, and ensure that rebellious clans were subdued.

During the eighteenth century, almost one thousand miles of road were constructed in Scotland.
looks like a welcome rest spot, lovely
posted August 11th, 2018  
What a great bit of history to go with this bridge. Enjoyed reading that. Hubby is looking fit and energetic there!
posted August 11th, 2018  
@casablanca It's funny. Hubby has taken on a new lease of life since he retired. I can't stop him. He used to work, work, work - and jog once a week. That was his life. Now he's squeezing something into every moment of every day. He's a new man - I can hardly keep up!!! ;-)
posted August 11th, 2018  
@jamibann Ha ha, I love it! Better than them sitting in a chair, listless and giving up because they don't know what to do with themselves!
posted August 11th, 2018  
What a great looking bridge.. and a good bit of history ..
posted August 11th, 2018  
I am loving watching you and your husband enjoying life! Retirement is such a change of pace when it happens but can be the beginning of living life to the full and making the most of every moment! Interesting history too! Fav!
posted August 11th, 2018  
How wonderful to be exploring your new home ground :)
posted August 11th, 2018  
Interesting history, I didn't know about the road building programme... although I did know about the unruly clans 😏
posted August 11th, 2018  
That was a lot of road building. Sounds a healthy morning out.
posted August 11th, 2018  
Very nice composition
posted August 11th, 2018  
An interesting bit of history and a lovely looking area for a cycle ride. Being home in Scotland is obviously agreeing with you both!
posted August 11th, 2018  
Great photo of this historic bridge. Nice to have all the information to go with the photo.
posted August 11th, 2018  
Very interesting history Issi..............I've taken up biking this year and am loving it!
posted August 11th, 2018  
Great history. So interesting. Love the shot Fav
posted August 11th, 2018  
Interesting narrative to go with this composition. I loved your 'only 30 km' comment. Now I'm feeling most out of shape!
posted August 11th, 2018  
@casablanca Too true!
posted August 12th, 2018  
@radiogirl It's a fabulous hobby. I love it too.
posted August 12th, 2018  
Lee
Cycling is very enjoyable and keeps the waist slim, mine is still 30" and i'm 58. Done 29 miles today.
posted August 12th, 2018  
Great story with the photo
posted August 13th, 2018  
Nice shot of the mister. Rugged looking terrain in the background.
posted August 13th, 2018  
Fascinating history, and such fun to read your husband is thoroughly enjoying his retirement!
posted August 13th, 2018  
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