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|Description ||Exmoor, Somerset. SS868321. Prehistoric bridge over the river Barle near Winsford. Dating from 1000 BC, some of the stones weigh 5 tons and were said to have been placed there by the Devil to win a bet|
|Guy Storms (2003-12-30) This bridge is a fascinating one. Built over water that is quite shallow, and appears to have been so in prehistoric times when the bridge was constructed, simple human access from one side of the stream to the other cannot explain its purpose. This fact is suggestive of a prehistoric need to transport heavier objects over this body of water. A stable platform would be needed, for example, to transport stone blocks weighing several thousands of pounds, even tons, over the stream. By inference, if one allows their imagination free reign, this "stoneage" artifact may represent the remnants of a highly organized society which coordinated the use of both manpower and natural resources for purposes not yet appreciated by contemporary observation.|
Guy Creighton (2004-01-18) The comments made by this other"Guy" are so refreshing to hear. All too often people tend to be of the opinion that just because something is old (and hence made by people from hundereds of years ago), that they must have been stupid or in some way sub human in comparison to us simply because they didn't have the modern trappings we all so stupidly rely upon but yet take for granted. So tell me, who's the stupid ones?................
Roy (2004-03-01) According to the sign beside the river the bridge is dated to mediaevil times or possibly earlier, is this so or is it prehistoric? Has anybody written about the tarr steps and similar bridges?
vicky (2004-04-01) There's another bridge in Pembrokeshire that is supposed to date back to Bronze Age times and now has several layers on top of it, including a modern tarmac road - Llanstinan Bridge http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=6969
John (2004-06-22) I first visited this magical place on my recce for the LDWA Exmoor 100. It had such a special appeal that I returned to it later in the day. On the 100 mile walk itself I crossed the bridge at 3.48 am, Sunday 30 May 2004. Several pictures are available at: http://jg4fun.fbhosting.com/exmoor100/02thur/040527.php
dan (2004-11-28) the tarr bridge is a thing of wonderment to me, how did they move those massive stones without matchines but by man power alone and I wonder how long it must of taken or why build it in the first place the water is fairly shallow
Tom (2005-02-12) I vistied Tarr Bridge last Monday. It was amazing, dating back to almost 1000b.c., yet the granite slabs would need to be lifted with new age machinery. I am amazed at it... how did they lift 2000 to 4000 pounds of rock back then?
Lindsay (2005-03-12) I'm doing a report on Tarr bridge...But did you know that the devil is suppposed to have built that bridge and sun-bathes there?
Greg Marston (2005-09-26) The steps are a magical place, i don't know much about their history, but i do know they are well worth visiting. The Inn by the side of them also serves fantastic food and i have to say i can not think of a more wonderful place to spend an afternoon!! I was there 2 weeks ago, i saw the Devil having a paddle in the water, so it's all true
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