The Two Bridges Near Bettws-Y-Coed

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This is a view of twin packhorse bridges spanning the River Machno in the Penmachno valley, near Betws-y-Coed in North Wales. Long disused, the bridges are draped with overgrown trees and plants. Commonly referred to as 'Roman', they were more likely constructed in the 16th or 17th century. Whaite was born and brought up in Manchester. A trip to Switzerland as a young man inspired him to regularly paint mountainous landscapes. He spent much of his time in North Wales, which provided him with plenty of inspiration for his painting, as seen here.