Scottish Borders

Old Bridge, Leaderfoot
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Old Bridge, Leaderfoot

A hamlet located 2 miles (3 km) east of Melrose in the Scottish Borders, Leaderfoot lies at the foot of the valley of Lauderdale and is the location where the Leader Water joins the River Tweed. A Roman bridge once crossed the Tweed here, conveying Dere Street north from the nearby Roman fort of Trimontium. Today, three bridges cross the river; the old Drygrange road bridge (1780) now closed to traffic, the grand nineteen-arch Leaderfoot Viaduct (1865) that once carried a section of the Berwickshire Railway which closed in 1948 and a modern road bridge (1973) supporting the A68 trunk road.

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