Tarr Steps - Historic Exmoor River Crossing

Photo of Tarr Steps in Summer | Exmoor Landscape Photography


One of the instantly recognisable scenes from Exmoor, Tarr Steps is a traditional clapper bridge which crossed the River Barle. Tarr Steps is one of the few remaining crossing designed with typical clapper bridge construction, the bridge is thought to date back to the around 1000 BC. With the slabs weighing up to 2 tons each the notice boards at the scene speak about a local legend that describes that the stones were placed by the devil to win a bet. The span of Tarr Steps bridge is roughly 55 metres and is a designated English Heritage grade I listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument.
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