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Bellever Bridge lies about a mile south of Postbridge on an unclassified road which has followed the East Dart downriver. The road crosses on a three stone arch structure similar to that at Postbridge, and again immediately downstream is a Clapper Bridge.
The clapper bridge is believed to be medieval in date, constructed as part of the Lych Way, which ran across Lydford Parish on Dartmoor. The name is the same as in Lych Gate, as it was used to take the dead to the parish church for burial. There may be more than one route though, as Lydford Parish is huge!
Today, only two of the four spans survive across the river, the first and third from the east bank. Whilst it looks possible to cross from the western bank to the isolated span, the next gap crosses a wider and faster flowing stretch of the river and looks too big to jump.
The New Bridge
The road now crosses the river over the new arch bridge just upstream of its predecessor. As with Postbridge to the north, the bridge carries a single track road across the river on 3 arches. The arches are slightly flatter and the stone better dressed however, suggesting that the bridge is somewhat newer than its neighbour, and probably therefore Victorian in date, having been constructed once wheeled traffic started to appear in quantity on the moor.