The Capper Nomads Europe Adventure travel blog

Tarr steps

Another view of Tarr steps from the other bank

Along the river

Another view of the river

Tarr steps again at the ned of the trail

Lunch on the moors

View across the moors

Trail up to Dunkery Beacon

View from the top Is that Wales I can see?

View in the other direction

Tony at the top

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On the top of Dunkery Beacon

It was a beautiful day so we headed out through the country lanes to Exmoor National Park. Our first stop was Tarr Steps a clapper bridge over the River Barle. Heather had last visited the steps as a child on a family holiday. The name "clapper bridge" comes from the Medieval Latin "claperius" which means "pile of stones". It is an ancient form of bridge constructed with large unmortared slabs of stone resting on one another. Nobody is sure how old the steps are but some think Bronze Age others estimate around 1400AD. They are an amazing construction. After walking across the steps we enjoyed a circular trail along the river and back.

We then made our way up onto the actual moor and enjoyed panoramic views across them as we ate our lunch.

Our next stop was the trail head for Dunkery Beacon the highest point on Exmoor at 519Km. Making our way up the trail was a good cardiovascular workout. The views from the top were worth the effort – This is why we travel.

We took a country route back to the campground. Talk about narrow country lanes!

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