Footbridge over the M5

The M5 Footbridge

There’s a stunning section of the M5 motorway in Somerset, near Clapton in Gordano, where the split-level carriageway curves through the hills past the Iron Age hill fort of Cadbury Camp. I’d spotted a footbridge that crossed the motorway at this point and decided to head out there at first light one morning in December 2016.

Having parked up in the village of Clapton in Gordano I dug out my touch and high-vis jacket to make my way along the dark and misty country lane up to the footpath that I pretty sure led to the footbridge. At this point it’s fair to say that I was questioning whether this would all be worthwhile!

After about 20 minutes walk I reached the bridge and it does have stunning view over the motorway and surrounding hills. And it was still quite misty – perfect winter weather to get this series of shots.

Footbridge over the M5
First view of the footbridge
M5 Light Trails
M5 Light Trails
M5 Motorway
M5 at First Light
The M5 Motorway
The M5 Motorway
Footbridge over the M5
Footbridge over the M5
The M5 Motorway
The M5 Motorway
The M5 Motorway in Somerset
The M5 Motorway in Somerset
Footbridge over the M5
Footbridge over the M5

 

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MossManreply
21st March 2021 at 18:55

Hi there… Like you I had seen these bridges (the other one close to Clevedon as well) and wanted to check them out – so today was the day. Certainly worth it – but I have to wonder… why? Why were they built? Is it because the hidden private road along the top of the hill has the most expensive properties in the area and someone there pulled strings when the M5 was built? Was it a stipulation of the National Trust since they are custodians of the nearby Cadbury Camp bronze age fort (also hidden at the summit and a bit of a trek to get to)? It certainly seems odd that the bridge you pictured, which obviously cost a modest fortune, ends in a footpath which is literally not much more than a badger track through the woods!

Chris Guyreply
26th May 2021 at 10:43
– In reply to: MossMan

Hi MossMan – firstly apolgies for the looong delay in responding (the notification ended up in my spam folder). It’s certaibnly an intersting question that you raise and don’t know the answer, but you’re right this bridge does not see a whole lot of foot traffic!

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