Photo 14 of 44 from A slice of England

With little warning for tourists, this road has a river running through it, not a problem for the locals.

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02-07-2009, 10:56 AM
A slice of England
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Southwest Dave

Photo Comments

  1. Mark Sedenquist
    Has anyone actually driven on the rock slab part of this road for a while?
  2. Southwest Dave
    No, the last thing across there other than today's visitors on foot would have been horse and cart and never used or intended to be used for modern transport. It is known as an ancient "Clapper bridge" that is thought to date back to 1000BC and is now a National Monument.

    The top slabs that straddle across other stones [piers] weigh in at around 1 to 2 ton but some of the stones are nearer to 5 tons. They have been washed away more than once during severe weather that has created flood waters and as a result they have actually numbered them to make reconstruction easier.

    The bridge is known as "Tarr steps" and is found on Exmoor in the County of Devon.
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