New Lynmouth footbridge lowered into place after big community fundraising effort

All this took place under strict Government Covid-19 guidelines to ensure worker and public safety. Credit: Exmoor National Park

A new footbridge has been lowered into position over the East Lyn river on Exmoor following a huge community-led fundraising effort.

Residents in the neighbouring Devon village of Lynmouth helped to raise the £65,000 to replace an historic bridge, which had to be removed because it was unsafe.

Community fundraisers came together to generate the required £65,000. Credit: Exmoor National Park

I think the fact that we are isolated - we have to pull together and that makes for a very tight-knit community, a community that cares about one another and cares about what is important to one another and everybody felt this was an important thing we should fight for.

SuzettHibbert, Deputy Mayor

For people who are less mobile I think it is really really important that they are able to do that little circular walk. I just think we need that bridge there because it’s part of our community. It’s always here and I think, therefore, it should be there again.

Trish Francis, Local resident
The structure was craned onto the abutments of the former bridge. Credit: Exmoor National Park

The 18m Woodside Bridge was built with Exmoor oak sourced sustainably from the National Park’s own woodlands and should be open for use in a few weeks.

It allows walkers to enjoy a popular circular walk, which meanders along the beautiful tree-lined banks of the East Lyn River.

The bridge was carefully maneuvered through the village of Lynmouth. Credit: Exmoor National Park

The structure was reversed through the Exmoor coastal village and then assembled on site, where it was craned onto the abutments of the former bridge.

All this took place under strict Government Covid-19 guidelines to ensure worker and public safety.

Watch the bridge being craned into position:

This is an incredibly proud moment for the whole team at the National Park, many of whom have contributed to the success of this project. With its durable design, this latest bridge is built to last and will undoubtedly be a source of joy to all those who visit this beautiful area for many years to come.

Dan Barnett, Exmoor National Park Access and Recreation Manager

The bridge will remain closed until work to finish construction and upgrade the path is completed.

Visitors will be able to cross the bridge "in a few weeks" once path upgrades are completed. Credit: Exmoor National Park