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A rustic stepping stone bridge across a stream.
|Ancestor||None, this is one of the few foundational types, but see also: ford (crossing).|
|Related||Natural stepping stone stream crossing|
|Descendant||Clapper bridge, Zig-zag bridge, Log bridge|
|Span range||Has no spans, but stones must be spaced to allow water flow and a comfortable step or leap|
|Design effort||Low-rustic to Artisan applied art design|
Stepping stones or stepstones are sets of stones arranged to form a simple bridge or causeway that allows a pedestrian to cross a natural watercourse, such as a river; or a water feature in a garden where water is allowed to flow between stone steps. Unlike other bridges, they have no spans. Stepping stones, along with log bridges, are likely to have been the earliest bridge types. They are sometimes built by hikers. They may be impossible to cross when the river level is high. They may be disarranged by the force of the river when it is flowing unusually powerfully.
In traditional Japanese gardens, the term "iso-watari" refers to stepping stone pathways that lead across shallow parts of a pond. Using iso-watari for crossing ponds, or shallow parts of streams, one can view the fish and plants around or in the pond, like carp, turtles, and waterfowls. It works like a bridge, in a slower way of crossing.
Historic stepping stones
The Drukken Steps in the Eglinton Woods of North Ayrshire in Scotland were a favourite haunt of poet Robert Burns and his companion Richard Brown, while the two were living in Irvine from 1781 to 1782.
The name "Drukken" steps derives from a person's gait as they stepped from stone to stone whilst crossing the Red Burn. Seven or more stones were originally set in the Red Burn which was much wider than in 2009.
Stepping stones in Bolton Abbey
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