Hello from England (again!), this is a really short notice and super quick visit to see my nephew! I was going to do a big build up ready for his birth… he was due on 2nd May, but the little dude was not waiting that long and instead was born two days ago on 6th April. So congratulations Mark, Caroline and Niece Ella!
Right back to the task at hand. I saw this image on Pinterest and was very excited. Just imagine a bridge like that – it’s almost like walking on water! I wanted to see it in the flesh!
The Moses Bridge or Loopgraafbrug (Trench Bridge) was built to access the Fort de Roovere. (According to Wikipedia) The designers didn’t feel it appropriate to build a bridge over the fort’s moat, so instead, they decided to construct a partially submerged bridge, rendering it practically invisible.
The bridge has taken on the name “The Moses Bridge,” as it appears to have divided the moat’s waters. This design allows people to cross virtually undetected at water level: only a few bobbing heads are usually visible. Its construction is entirely of wood waterproofed with foil.
The area itself is very pretty, but I guess alarm bells should have been ringing when we arrived in the carpark… yep we were the only people there!
There were a few boards around giving the history of the fort, which I’m sure was very interesting, but was in Dutch, so I couldn’t understand any of the writing. There were also a couple of maps, which I think was more relevant to those that were walking around the fort. This wasn’t applicable to me, obviously. Finding the bridge was pretty simple, you just followed the path ahead…
I feel that now is the perfect time to explain what I mean when I say ‘hike lite’… there were three different routes available to us, to reach the top of the mound. I took pictures of each and I have them put them together below, visual aid style. To the left you will see an example of a hiking type route, the middle picture shows you a path, for walking and the picture on the right (like Goldilocks and her porridge) is the hike lite option. Slightly more challenging than a walk, but doesn’t require any special hiking equipment. Now that we have that cleared up… did I mention there is a cannon!
There were two very unhappy wasps in that cannon, hence the very strained smile – I really wanted to get away from there!
And so, I was ready to cross the moat, to walk on water using the fabulous Moses Bridge.
Or not as the case may be, it seems that while the design is fantastic, there is just the one all-important flaw. If it rains, the water in the moat rises and will seep into the bridge, making it, well, useless. No fort for me today then!
Look between the two sets of stairs and you can just see the bridge under the water. Nevermind, we goofed about taking some pictures, then headed to the pub.
I shall go back again when it hasn’t been raining and see if I can manage to part the seas and walk on water!
This isn’t the easiest place to find and I found that the address all the websites were giving me wasn’t actually near the bridge at all… so I used the address of a house just near to the carpark… head towards this and you should be able to find it easily. Schansbaan 8, 4661 PN, Halsteren, The Netherlands.