Tarr Steps is an ancient clapper bridge, a bridge made of unmortared stone slabs, which crosses the River Barle about 6.5 miles upstream from Dulverton. the Grade I listed bridge, possibly dating back to 1,000BC, is the longest of its kind in Britain and a scheduled Ancient Monument. Some of the stones weigh 5 tons and were said to have been placed there by the Devil to win a bet. The bridge is nestled in the beautiful wooded valley of the River Barle, well known for its wildlife and well worth exploring.
In recent years the waters have come over the stones in times of flood and the bridge has had to be repaired several times as the stones of up to two tonnes have been washed downstream.
A popular circular walk, known as the Jubilee Trail, runs upstream of the bridge following the orange way marks crossing a footbridge to return on the other side.
The on site pay and display car park, with toilets and information boards, is just a short 500m walk away from the bridge itself. The permissive path is steep and can be tricky for those with disabilities or limited mobility. There is a smaller car park for easier access next to the River Barle and the Tarr Farm Inn. Please note that sat navs can direct visitors to the other side of the river from the car park but the ford cannot be crossed by any other vehicle than a 4×4 with high ground clearance.
The inn nearby provides drinks and refreshments or there are plenty of spots to stop for a picnic.
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