Tarr Steps on Exmoor.

Tarr Stepps.

Acrylic on canvas 400 x 500mm.

Tarr Steps in the Exmoor National Park.  The Tarr Steps are a clapper bridge across the River Barle in the Exmoor National Park, Somerset, England. They are located in a national nature reserve about 2.5 miles south east of Withypool and 4 miles north west of Dulverton.

A typical clapper bridge construction, the bridge’s listing assesses it as medieval in origin. The stone slabs weigh up to two tons each. According to local legend, they were placed by the devil that he might sunbathe. The bridge is 180 feet (55 m) long and has 17 spans.  It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade I listed building and Ancient Monument.

Half of the bridge was washed away by the river whilst heavily swollen by rain in December 2012 and was re-assembled. It was damaged again in November 2016 and has been repaired again by Somerset County Council.

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