Shaky Bridges Is within a mile of the M6 and A34 and just a few hundred metres from the West Coast Mainline. It’s a wonderful spot and, as you can see from the images below, a great place to relax despite its proximity to so much traffic.
At the bottom of the lane from Seighford, this tranquil spot in the river, where cattle have trodden a natural ford, can be reached easily. It’s hidden from sight as the small river valley of the Sow has carved out a path between sand and gravel. There are rabbit burrows everywhere, but hawthorn to shelter under on the hottest days and herds of nosy, but passive cows, keep the thistles and grass trimmed. The bottom of the shallow Sow here is sand and mud and pebble. The river is alive with minnows and Izaak Walton, author of The Compleat Angler fished a few miles upstream at Shallowford. The Sow isn’t a big river and stretches from just north of Eccleshall to Stafford, where it meets the Penk and Trent, its waters being carried far off into the North Sea, via the Humber at Hull.
While the landscape resembles the nearby marshes it has a touch of the western about it on a hot day – pebbly streams and parched sandbanks.
The short film below is appropriately shaky footage of Shaky Bridges…