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clapper bridge on Dartmoor

June 24, 2012

in Devon landscapes

Dartmoor is a place of contradictions and contrasts, not least in the weather. The wide, empty landscape conceals a busy history as well. This photograph was taken on Gidleigh Common, where the first prehistoric people of Dartmoor lived. There are later Bronze Age stone circles and standing stones nearby. Millenia later, sailors crossed from coast to coast through the heart of Devon on the Mariner’s Way which passes a kilometre from here. This is one of the three clapper bridges that cross North Teign River and Walla Brook, surrounded by the remains of tinners activities.

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