Wanting to cross ditches and wet spots on your land in a way that combines practicality with eye appeal? Build a stone arch bridge!

A historic stone arch bridge may look complex and mysterious, but the work required is actually fairly straightforward, provided that you are willing to put in the time and effort. Furthermore, if you have access to rock and scrap lumber, it will cost you nothing more than the purchase price of a few basic tools.

“Building a Stone Arch Bridge” is a handy resource from one of our site authors. It breaks the process down into a few simple steps:

  1. Finding a location.
  2. Choosing an arch shape and design.
  3. Laying the foundations.
  4. Creating the formwork.
  5. Building the arch.
  6. Removing the form.
  7. Applying the finishing touches.

Links to additional posts are also provided for more in-depth treatment of key topics.

Farm guru Joel Salatin has emphasized access to the most remote corners of your land as being a vital part of stewardship. If you can’t get a vehicle to it, you are limited in your ability to heal and improve it. Fortunately, farm infrastructure does not have to be expensive, and it can also become a picturesque part of the landscape.

Give it a try!