Sunday, 7 August 2016

Tarr Steps, Devon

The Tarr Steps, Devon, are a clapper bridge across the River Barle in the Exmoor National Park, Somerset, England. A typical clapper bridge construction, the bridge possibly dates to around 1000 BC.

The stone slabs weigh up to two tons each. According to local legend, they were placed by the devil to win a bet. Its age is unknown, as several theories claim that the steps date from the Bronze Age, c. 1000 BC, but others date them from around 1400 AD. It has been restored several times in recent years, following flood damage.

The steps have appeared on British stamps twice, in 1968 and 2015.

 1968 UK stamp

2015 UK stamp