Hiker about to pass over simple wood trunk bridge on a hiking trail. pencil and watercolor illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Gadbury Wood bridge

Sketch of a classic bridge for hikers, the Gadbury wood bridge

Gadbury Bridge Concept sketch

Text and drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt

Pencil and watercolor – Hiking research illustration

When designing and building bridges out along the trails it is often better to do simple designs.

The Gadbury bridge is one of the most classic and simple wood bridge designs, often seen in the United States.

The Gadbury wood bridge comes in a lot of varieties, with more stringers, hand rails and other changes. Here is my fast sketch of the basic design: Here two half logs with the flat site up, hold in place by outer logs.

Hiker about to pass over simple wood trunk bridge on a hiking trail. pencil and watercolor illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt
The Gadbury wood bridge with hiker. A simple hiking bridge design. Can be made in many variants. Artwork by Frits Ahlefeldt

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Frits Ahlefeldt

Founder of Hiking.org - Researching, writing & sketching up thoughts, understandings and ideas for a sustainable future, connecting thrive, trails, places and technology