12th March 2022

There are all sorts of “curiosities” in the Colne Valley Park. Perhaps you have stumbled across them, marvelled and wondered what they are and how they got there? We thought it might be fun to gather some photographs here and provide some explanations.

Perhaps you have found something you would like to contribute to our collection. If so please send us a photo or photos and a few words to accompany them to [email protected] and don’t forget to include the location. Alternatively you could Tweet it, tagging your Tweet @Colne_Valley #Curious

Denham Court Suspension Bridge

The Denham Court Suspension Bridge is a Grade II Listed footbridge, crossing the River Colne. Built circa 1890, restored. Composite iron structure. Single span iron suspension bridge of about 19 metres with wrought iron piers, renewed steel hangers, lattice work pylons and sixteen pairs of suspension rods. Half is in the London Borough of Hillingdon. Visible from the Denham Court Circular Bridleway, but not accessible. To be clear there is no public access to the bridge, it can only be viewed from the east side of the Colne and even that access is currently not possible, so for now you will have to make do with this beautiful photograph.

Location TQ0515186908 or https://w3w.co/wire.send.stop

This ‘curiosity’ has been contributed by Paul Graham. Thank you Paul we appreciate your extensive knowledge on all things Colne Valley.

Heron Statues

The River Guardian

Just east of Staines bridge, by a small wooden footbridge over the River Colne as it meets the Thames, is a curious stone sculpture of a bird marking the confluence of the rivers. It is The River Guardian by Simon Buchanan MRSS. The work was erected in 2003 and is carved out of Portland limestone. It is a stylised representation of a heron – quite different to the one outside the Visitor Centre!

Also contributed by Paul Graham.

The Colne Valley Heron

 The heron statue outside the Colne Valley Visitor Centre is in our opinion very beautiful. If anyone knows the artist, please contact us and let us know. What we do know is that it originated in Thorney Park and was reinstalled in it’s current position as part of the Colne Valley Regional Park 40th anniversary celebrations in 2005, when HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex unveiled the sculpture, which is of course the park’s emblem.

Swallow hole  

You can see a swallow hole at Northmoor Hill local nature reserve. This is the point where the stream disappears into the chalk bedrock. An interesting geological feature of this site. Follow the ‘rock trail’ from the main entrance to the site, to see the swallow hole and experience other interesting geological features of this site. See the Bucks Geology Group for more detailed information.

location of Northmoor Hill Wood Site entrance: TQ 034 892 or https://w3w.co/target.lakes.twice

Contributed by Stewart Pomeroy.