Unusually for us,we failed to reach two of the remaining three missed bridges.We first tried to reach Bridge 2 labelled on the map below,but the line here became heavily overgrown and worse still,extremely wet and boggy.In fact,as we were walking,the track bed turned to almost like quicksand and we began to sink into it.Not wanting to fossilise ourselves and leave our children parentless,we abandoned our attempt to reach Bridge 1 and 2.I found this very disappointing,as I hated to give up and leave these bridges uninvestigated,especially as I was really curious to find out what the watery triangle was.Maybe we will try again one day or someone else can investigate it and send in some pictures.Anyway,defeated we left hoping that Bridge 3 would be easier to reach and drove back down to Tiverton Junction,. 

Map showing the two bridges that we failed to reach

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Luckily,Bridge 3 was fairly easily reached by walking across a pylon filled field.It's never nice walking under crackling electric pylons,so we were pleased when we reached the raised track bed of the Tiverton Branch Line and began searching for the bridge.Before finding the bridge,we found a rather pretty and interesting culvert,that even after all these years,was still serving its purpose.

The line towards Tiverton Junction is blocked by fencing here where industrial units are,but there is still a good view up the line and you can still see the Station Master's House up on the bank.It shows you how well the stations were designed,as the Station Master would have had a superb view of all the trains coming and going from the station.We also found an old GWR boundary marker no doubt left like Excalibur embedded in the ground,as it is almost impossible to move.

Walking up the line towards Tiverton,we soon found the bridge we were looking for.The walls on top of the bridge are not in very good condition,but the archway is still in good shape and it is a rather attractive bridge.I imagine that this bridge is similar or the same as the two we could not get to.After seeing this bridge,we called it a day and returned home.

Map showing Bridge 3

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