Photographer's Note

The Tarr Steps is a prehistoric clapper (from the latin "claperius" meaning "pile of stones") bridge crossing the River Barle, in Somerset, England. The bridge is located within the Exmoor National Park.

The Tarr Steps are estimated to be 3000 years old but have been rebuilt many times as the 1 tonne granite slabs have been washed downstream during heavy floods. The slabs on the upstream side of the bridge (as seen in the photo) help to absorb some of the force of the water, tumbling stones and large branches and minimise damage.

In past times the bridge was much higher than the height of the river, which has silted-up considerably over recent years. It is said that the local Red Deer hinds used to be able to walk under it, whilst the stags had to leap over the top.

Local legend says that the bridge was build by the devil so that he could sunbathe. He would not let anyone use it until he was faced-down by the local parson. The devil swore and cursed the preacher. The parson, though, was not intimidated and swore and cursed back. The devil was so impressed that he relented and allowed anyone to use his bridge. Except when he is sunbathing of course!

The clapper bridge is over 50m long and has 17 spans.

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