Exmoor (Great Bradley Bridge, Two Moors Way)

The installation of a new bridge could completely revamp the Two Moors Way, a spectacular 102 mile walking route linking together the two great moorlands of south west England, Exmoor and Dartmoor. If you want to help, read on.

The route – the Two Moors Way

A stunning walking route links Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks from coast to coast across the County of Devon – the Two Moors Way. In the centre of Exmoor National Park, between Tarr Steps and Withypool, the route currently follows a rough permitted path on the eastern bank of the River Barle. This is less than ideal for a number of reasons – and there is a much better, wider and more secure route on the western bank which follows a bridleway. When the path gets to Great Bradley however, the crossing point is just a ford – impassable on foot for much of the year, and off-putting for all but the most serious of walkers and riders.

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Mend Our Bridges

We need your help to create a brand new bridge across the River Barle at Great Bradley – we have already secured help from the landowner and a suitable bridge has been sourced from a previous project. It might sound like it’s all been sorted already… right? Wrong!

The bridge needs to be completely refurbished, then transported to the site. After that, ramps and abutments will have to be specially built and everything fixed into place. If that wasn’t complex enough, the site itself is inaccessible so specialist machinery and skilled contractors will be needed to do this.

If you can help us build the bridge, we can move the Two Moors Way route onto the western bank where it can be enjoyed by visitors for generations to come!

The new bridge ready to be refurbished. Photo: Exmoor NPA.

Get involved

Exmoor National Park has two exciting projects in this campaign – the other one is a great scheme to repair a notorious bridleway on The Chains, a beautiful high moorland plateau. Despite being one of the smallest National Parks, its unique character combined with its proximity to nearby Dartmoor make it an invaluable resource in the South West of England. Help us make a massive improvement to these landscapes by donating now.

Thanks to the generosity of thousands, the Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million appeal has succeeded in raising enough money to completely fund work on nearly all 13 of the projects we set out to support – a fantastic result.

Repairs have already started on several of these paths (see the blog for the latest updates), and the rest will be completed over the summer of 2019 and into 2020.

This project, the Great Bradley Bridge, has already been fully funded. However, you are still very welcome to make a donation to Mend Our Mountains overall. Your money will go towards either supporting additional work on the projects listed on this website or helping to fund future Mend Our Mountains initiatives.

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All online donations are currently via PayPal – if you would prefer not to use this method or would like to make a large donation (£500~), please contact the team directly on mendourmountains@thebmc.co.uk. All money raised goes via the BMC’s charity, the Access and Conservation Trust.

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Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million is a call to action to everyone who values the hills, mountains and landscapes of Britain. It aims to galvanise mass support for things we all use: the paths, bridleways and bridges which underpin our experiences in the great outdoors. Through a year-long appeal we aim to raise £1 million in total for a range of vital projects within the UK’s entire family of 15 National Parks. Navigate our website to find out more.
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