Batman jumps off Mappleton Bridge!
Mappleton Raft Race and Bridge Jump
Each New Year's day, thousands of people gather to watch others fling themselves off a bridge into the River Dove!
The annual raft race usually consists of 10 teams of 2 people who paddle down 1/2 a mile of the River Dove and then jump off a bridge!
Bear in mind that the Dove is one of the coldest rivers in the UK and the bridge is 30 feet high and following the swim the contestants still have to run around 500 yards to the pub.
And then there are those who turn up just to jump off the bridge!
Simon Hare has been to witness some of the events...
last updated: 18/08/2009 at 11:29