Bridge Made of a Monolith

Bridge Made of a Monolith

The next place we went to in Dartmoor, in the southwest of England, was Postbridge.

This place is too small to be called a village.

There is a tourist information centre for the National Park, but the more famous thing here is the old bridge made from a monolith, which traverses the East Dart river.

This type of bridge is called clapper bridge.

It is thought that this was built in the 13th century in order to cross the river with horses, which carried tins produced in the mines in the west part of Devon and Cornwall.

The other stone bridge, which is used now as a part of the road, was built in the late 18th century.

Both were lovely and quaint.

The reason the river water was brown is apparently because of the peat.

It was a cold day, as it was early May, but a couple were playing, dipping in and out of the water.

The local people seem very strong against the cold.

[ May, 2015 ]