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Tarr Steps made safe

The ancient stone footbridge on Exmoor has been rebuilt. Some steps had been washed away just months after £10,000 had been spent repairing damage from previous flooding.

But local businesses are upset it took more than seven weeks to repair it and say trade has been badly damaged.

They've been washed away twice this year but the famous Tarr Steps on Exmoor are this evening open to walk acoss once again


Exmoor National Park in need of repairs after floods

It's going to take months to put right flood damage caused to Exmoor National Park. Some paths and bridges have been swept away. The cost of repairs is expected to reach more than a £100,000.

Meanwhile Somerset County Council is preparing to rebuild the historic Tarr Steps after more than half of the clapper bridge was destroyed. Our Somerset Correspondent, David Woodland reports:

Tarr Steps repairs to run into thousands of pounds

Exmoor's Tarr Steps before the damage Credit: ITV WESTCOUNTRY

The cost of repairing the ancient bridge and surrounding pathways at Tarr Steps will run into thousands of pounds.

Somerset County Council and Exmoor National Park say the landmark on Exmoor has been affected by landslips, fallen trees and erosion from recent flooding.


Tarr Steps hit by floods

The ancient bridge as it should look Credit: ITV West

One of Exmoor's most iconic landmarks has been swept away in the floods. The ancient clapper bridge, Tarr Steps, was demolished when fallen trees pushed up against the giant stones. 3/4 of the bridge has gone and will have to be rebuilt.

The ancient bridge as it is today. More than half has been swept away Credit: ITV Westcountry
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