This late medieval stone bridge - originally 'gallows bridge' - across the River Avill once carried packhorses bringing fleeces from Exmoor to the Somerset market town of Dunster. The town had become a centre of the wool trade by the 13th century, when it was the main source of England's wealth.
Managed by the National Trust.
Read more about the bridge's history.
Before You Go
Parking: Charged parking is available throughout Dunster. The closest car park to the bridge is Nutcombe Bottom Car Park, TA24 6TA.
Access: The bridge is accessible by wheelchairs.
Facilities: Public toilets can be found in the centre of the village, along with shops and restaurants.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
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Plan a Great Day Out
The medieval village of Dunster is one of Exmoor's most popular attractions, with plenty of shops and places to eat. It's also a convenient base for walking in the stunning Exmoor National Park.
Just a few miles away is Cleeve Abbey, one of Somerset's hidden jewels. It's a haven of peace and tranquillity, and contains one of the finest cloister buildings in England.
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