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Sunday, 22 July 2012

HUNTINGDON WARREN CLAPPER BRIDGE

CLAPPER BRIDGE AT HUNTINGDON WARREN
As well as the Standing stones.... Stone circles and Tors, Dartmoor is also famous for its many Clapper bridges. 
According to the Dartmoor National Park Authority the word 'clapper' derives from an Anglo-Saxon word  (cleaca) meaning 'bridging the stepping stones'.
The definition of a clapper bridge is flat stones held in place only by their own weight. Some of them have only one slab but they can have up to nine. 
Some of the bridges have pillars consisting of stones, some are just laid directly onto the banks.
The one shown in the above photograph crosses the Western Wella Brook and is often used by walkers making their way along the 'Two Moors Way' National trail.

10 comments:

Robert Geiss said...

Have to admit, that I probably would have crossed that bridge various a time, just because it feels so wonderful, even from that picture. What a joy it must be to be there for real.

Please have a good new week.

Olga said...

I really like looking at your photography. I find a meditative moment in them, when I can quietly enjoy the sight of nature, architecture and muted colours. In your black-and-white photos, I can still sense the colours.

monika said...

Wow !!!
Beautiful photo.

Alberto Oliver said...

A most interesting post of yet another interesting feature of wonderful Dartmoor. I have also read about the ancient crosses that are all over the surface of the moor and that some of them date back to 1000 years!! Absolutely stunning,,, and it all. Last night I was reading the Hound of the Baskervilles,,,it is not impossible to imagine,,that in the middle of such overwhelming nature,,one can believe in everything,,including magic and mythical creatures!!

Another fantastic post Trevor,,thanks again,,,and wish you a nice week ;)

Chandra said...

Another very nice photo! You, Trevor, know good composition and some very scenic places!

Peace :)

Trevor said...

*Robert Geiss*
I have walked across the bridge on numerous occasions...it really is a nice spot.....

*Olga*
I am glad that you get some enjoyment from my monochrome images Olga.
It has been said that black & white can be more colourful than colour itself.....

*monika*
Thankyou Monika....

*Alberto Oliver*
Thanks for the very kind comments Alberto....Dartmoor is a truly magical place.....

*Chandra*
Dartmoor has scenic images in abundance.....Thanks for the comments Chandra.

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Excelente fotografia a preto e branco....
Cumprimentos

Chandra said...

Trevor,
Very interesting and pretty structure.
By chance, do you know how tall this bridge is?
Peace :)

Trevor said...

*Chandra*
To give you some idea of scale the centre of the bridge is approx 3ft above the water.....

Łucja-Maria said...

Trevor!
Very interesing photo!