The village of Glaisdale
was once an important location for the mining
of ironstone but it is more famous for
Beggar’s Bridge, a packhorse bridge over the
turbulent River Esk.
The story goes that it was built by one-time beggar Tom Ferris who was unable to cross the river to go 'a-courtin’.
After making his fortune in the navy he returned home to erect the bridge.