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Fingle Bridge Inn, Exeter

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Fingle Bridge is a 17th-century stone arch bridge carrying an unclassified road over the River Teign near Drewsteignton, within Dartmoor National Park in Devon, England. This packhorse bridge has three arches and the two central piers are surrounded by triangular cutwaters extending upwards to form pedestrian refuges, and is a Grade II* listed building.
Fingle Bridge takes its name from Fingle Brook, a minor tributary which flows into the Teign adjacent to the bridge. Fingle is derived from the old English "fang", meaning to catch, a reference to the suitability of the stretch of river for fishing.
The bridge sits in the base of the deep Teign Gorge, between the ancient hillforts of Prestonbury Castle above the river to the north and Cranbrook Castle above to the south, and the bridge is built on the historic crossing point between the two. In its early years the bridge was an important crossing over the Teign used by packhorses transporting corn and wood products across the gorge, although the track up to Cranbrook Castle is now an unmaintained byway such that the bridge leads only to a car park on the south side of the river for roadgoing vehicles, the bridge's function having been replaced by the larger and more accessible Dogmarsh Bridge further upstream on the A382 road.
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  • We’ve been meaning to lunch here for some time and today, as the forecast was nice-ish, we decided to give it a go and try the riverside circular walk. The pub is in a delightful location, a terrace b...  more »
  • Had an awesome day out in the National Trust area of Fingle Bridge with three generations of the family. Such a beautiful location had a picnic and thought we’d finish off with a meal in the Inn befor...  more »
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  • Lovely spot to take a walk from. The view is fabulous, especially when sitting outside. The pub is very nicely arranged, inside and outside. The food was very tasty and the portion you get is far bigger than expected. It has a really good value for the money you pay. Would definitely come here again!
  • Great pub for stop off on a long walk... V dog friendly too! Easy going, casual +friendly. Superb winter beer to try. Good baguettes as well as hot good.. Would def recommend+return!
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