Whilst it may seem like the world’s most impressive bridges are all designed for cars, if you are interested in walking them, there is usually a time when this is possible. Indeed, the rise of the car has meant a rise in the number of bridges, and therefore a rise in the number of fascinating bridges to walk. So, whilst London Bridge may be famous for its history and the buildings around it, if you want spectacular, then choosing a large, modern road bridge is usually the best option.
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is one of the America’s iconic structures. Crossing the entrance into San Francisco bay, and giving excellent views of the city and Alcatraz island in one direction, and the sweeping Pacific Ocean in the other, it is truly a marvel. The bridge is fully open to pedestrians, although it can be crowded at times. Getting to the bridge is as easy as walking fifteen minutes from the centre of San Francisco, and there is a ferry back from Sausalito on the other side if you are too tired for the return leg.
One of the most spectacular bridges in the world is the Millau Viaduct in Southern France. Spanning 2.5 kilometres across the valley, and designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster, the building has quickly become a tourist icon. Although the bridge is open only to traffic, and has no lane for pedestrians, occasionally there are events where the bridge closes for all motor vehicles. In 2007 there was a 14 mile race across the bridge in both directions, and upon the opening, there was an official event for walkers to view the bridge. Although these are sporadic, checking the website will give you an idea of when these events occur.
The Humber Bridge, located here in the UK, is one of the largest suspension bridges in the world. The size of the bridge is such that the top of the two towers are 1.4 inches further apart than they are at the bottom, due to the curvature of the Earth. Although the bridge is primarily a road way, there is a cycle path and pedestrian walkway that runs alongside, meaning that walkers can enjoy the view across the Humber Estuary. With the number of trains to Hull it is possible to get to the bridge easily, and the views from the bridge will mean that the trip is more than worthwhile