Medieval Bridge, Bickleigh
The Medieval Bickleigh Bridge is a 16th century 5 arch stone bridge crossing the River Exe at a weir between the Fisherman's Cot public house and Bickleigh Mill.
The bridge is Grade II listed and is rumoured to have been the inspiration for the Simon & Garfunkel song Bridge Over Troubled Water. Paul Simon stayed in the Fisherman's Cot pub in the 1960s when he was performing in nearby Exeter, the river flooded and allegedly inspired him to write the song. However in 2003 Art Garfunkel denied this and cited that Paul Simon was inspired by a Baptist hymn.
In summer it's nice to sit in the Fisherman's Cot garden and watch the waters flow below the bridge. Watch out for the heron too. The above photo was taken from the pub.
The road over the bridge is single track so beware of oncoming traffic.
Location: Crossing the River Exe on the A396 between The Fisherman's Cot pub and Bickleigh Mill.
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