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Corrour Bothy Footbridge

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Corrour Bothy FootbridgeCorrour Bothy Footbridge - 21st August 2007

Corrour Bothy Footbridge is the footbridge over the Dé near Corrour Bothy.  There has not 'always' been a bridge over the Dé at Corrour Bothy, earlier generations of Cairngormers had to cross the river as best they could - an operation often involving fording the river.

The deer watchers of Corrour Bothy also had to cross the river twice a week ; in Gordon (1951) - the author describes how Charles Robertson performed the operation - writing :

He had remarkable poise, and used to leap from one boulder to another when crossing the turbulent and flooded Dee, to the admiration of nervous spectators half his age

- Gordon (1951) (p157)

In 1951 as the result of the drowning of James Mackay in 1950, a wire 'bridge' was errected.  This 'bridge' was still in place in 1955 when Syd Scroggie used it to cross the Dé - in Scroggie (1989) the author describes this 'bridge' on his first blind visit to Corrour Bothy - writing :

... as Les informed me, there was a telegraph pole driven into each bank of the river, and it would be a matter of no great difficulty, though it would be interesting, to cross the river by means of the two parallel wires slung between them

- Scroggie (1989) (p22-23)

In 1959 the current Corrour Bothy Footbridge was one of three footbridges in the Cairngorms paid for by the Nature Conservancy, and designed by George Taylor of the Cairngorm Club, and Aberdeen University.  Pre-fabricated - the parts, and materials were brought in by helicopter, and erected by volunteers.