North Devon Coast

National Landscape

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Combe Martin Packhorse Bridge

One of two surviving examples of a packhorse bridge, the current structure of this picturesque narrow stone bridge dates from the 19th century, although the first bridge here was probably constructed in the 15th century. Grade II listed, it can be found on Wet Lane, one of several narrow routes leading out from the main street of the village. Packhorse bridges were used by horses or ponies carrying panniers; in this area they were likely weighed down by loads of ore from the local silver mines. – See more at: http://explorethecoast.org/explore/plan-your-visit#sthash.3xbp2KMg.dpuf