Many of Exmoor’s bridges are historic monuments in their own right and form an important part of the area’s heritage. Some, like the bridges in Dulverton, Exford and Challacombe have pubs and Inns nearby serving fine ale and tasty local food; a welcome sight both in the winter when log fires crackle and glow, and in the summer when the gardens are filled with families enjoying the fresh air and countryside surroundings. Pooh stick is an optional, but simple pleasure. Tarr Steps, the longest clapper bridge in the country, spans the River Barle with its large flat-faced stones. Despite some of the stones being washed down river during particularly wet spells, there has been a river crossing – and delightful Inn – here since medieval times.