Exmoor National Park wants to raise £65,000 to replace the popular crossing over the East Lyn

An artist's impression of how the new Lynmouth bridge could appear. Picture: Kathryn Nichols www.thedrawinghouse.comAn artist's impression of how the new Lynmouth bridge could appear. Picture: Kathryn Nichols www.thedrawinghouse.com

A £65,000 appeal to replace a popular bridge at Lynmouth has been backed by television presenter Julia Bradbury.

Exmoor National Park is working to raise money to replace Woodside Bridge over the East Lyn, after the previous bridge became unsafe in December 2016 and its says public donations are essential.

Julia Bradbury crossed the bridge on one of her favourite walks, included in her Britain’s Best Walks TV series, and she is helping to promote the campaign to replace it with the support of her free web resource for walkers, The Outdoor Guide.

Design work for the bridge, commissioned by Exmoor National Park Authority, has just been completed.

The original bridge was destroyed in the Lynmouth flood disaster of 1952 and was replaced, being replaced again in 1993.

The new bridge will be of high quality local oak construction and more accessible than the previous one.

The bridge is more than 17 metres long and in a challenging location for the works to be carried out.

Julia said: “One of my favourite walks follows the East Lyn River from Lynmouth.

“The crossing at Woodside provides a great opportunity for so many to experience this wonderful location – whether as part of a short walk from the village, or a longer walk into the valley, so I really hope people can support the appeal.”

Julia’s walk that takes in Woodside Bridge is available on her free web resource The Outdoor Guide and it is hoped the walk will be a contender in her new TV series Britain’s Favourite Walks: Top 100 which is airing on ITV in the near future.

People can donate via the Exmoor National Park website http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/caremoor/woodside or by sending a cheque to CareMoor (Exmoor National Park) to Exmoor House, Dulverton, TA22 9HL.

For more information contact Lynmouth Pavilion National Park Centre on 01598 752509.