Tintagel bridge now open to the public

A quarter of a million people visit the castle every year. Credit: ITV News West Country

People in Cornwall have managed to do something that hasn't been done for centuries - walking over a footbridge to Tintagel Castle.

In the Middle Ages, locals walked from the mainland to the castle using a narrow bridge but the crossing disappeared some time between the 15th and 16th centuries.

Until today people have been trekking up the 148 steep steps to the top.

The new bridge spans the 190-foot gorge below. Credit: ITV News West Country

The English Heritage project has cost £5 million to build and was originally supposed to be open in spring.

The public opening of the structure was also delayed from Friday to today (Sunday 11 August) because of strong wind and rain.

It has been a controversial construction, with some accusing the charity of 'Disney-fying' one of the most beautiful sites in Britain.

Tintagel bridge is made using local slate and has a 4cm gap in the middle Credit: ITV News West Country