Unfortunately Jan succumb to that dreaded disease "Cancer " which he fought for over 3 years, a true all round fisherman and a real gent. I had the pleasure of meeting Jan a few times at various shows around the country, I gained a wealth of knowledge from him and he always had time to stand and chat to everyone. RIP mate, gone but never forgotten.
I managed to get out for a couple of hours again this afternoon after spending the morning with my good lady at the local car boot buying plants for the garden and then onto the shops for the weekly groceries, I didn't want to venture far as the weather was changing and I was quite tired after a full week back at work.
I opted to head to a place I dont normally fish this early in the season but its only a 10 minute drive from the house....The devil's Bridge!
Legend has it that after numerous failed attempts of the local villagers in the 12 Century building bridges across the Ure only to have them swept away by winter floods that the devil made a pact with them and told them the next bridge they build would withstand everything but when finished they would have to offer a sacrifice to the him.
The bridge was built but one brick was left out of the bridge making it incomplete so the bridge has never been finished and no sacrifices were ever made.
The bridge has been refurbished a couple of times throughout its lifetime and the single brick still remains to be added, just at the top of the buttress.
The bridge actually sits directly on top of an early Roman paved ford making it one of the best preserved examples in the UK as the bridge uses the ford paving as a foundation.
Made from large slabs of sandstone very much visible still today in clear water like today.