My graphite pencil drawing of Fingle Bridge, an Old Stone Packhorse Bridge in Dartmoor National Park, England.

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In the 1990s I was lucky enough to live in Devon and for several years made a weekly trip to the Dartmoor National Park. My visits were made all-year-round and since the weather can make Dartmoor unsafe, I always carried a tent and survival equipment. Maybe because of my well equipped pack I often extended my trip to include an overnight stay.

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The park is filled with wonders and history and includes some ancient stone bridges like my graphite pencil drawing of Fingle’s Bridge, which is viewed from the Fingle Inn in Autumn.

The bridge is a granite, narrow, pack-horse bridge and in 1665 was reported to be in a bad state of repair.

The bridge is now in good order but care must be taken if driving a car over the bridge in order to avoid getting ‘stuck’.

In 1895 John Lloyd Page wrote:

“How clear the rushing waters gliding beneath the grey arches! how rich in colouring have the lichens and ferns rendered its hoary walls! and, whether we look up-stream to the hills, softly meeting one another with foliage changing from bright green in the foreground to misty blue in the distance, or downward to where the old mill with its moss-grown water-wheel, nestles beneath the woods, and Prestonbury rises mountainous over all, we shall confess that a scene of greater beauty it has never been our lot to view”.

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  • Tiffany Atkin
    Tiffany Atkinabout 4 years ago


  • Many thanks Tiffany :)
    I have just finished this drawing, it is in an area where I lived for many years.
    I have also done some computer enhanced (digital paintings) copies that I will also post.

    – Dennis Melling

  • JeffeeArt4u
    JeffeeArt4uabout 4 years ago

    I love arch-ways. Dreamed of a building with archways for parable exhibit

  • I lived in Gibraltar for many years and used to visit Morocco and Southern Spain at weekends.
    The arches there are fabulous -beautiful shapes and ornately decorated :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...about 4 years ago

  • Fabulous – many thanks Kim :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Akash Puthraya
    Akash Puthrayaabout 4 years ago

    Very nice!

  • Thank you very much :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Samohsong
    Samohsongover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Dennis! ~Sam

  • Thanks a lot Sam :)

    Much appreciated.


    – Dennis Melling

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 3 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble!

  • Thank you too :)

    – Dennis Melling

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    pat gamwellover 3 years ago


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  • Thank you Pat :)
    A double honour for me – many thanks
    Unfortunately I have electrical work to do in the apartment and so my enjoyment of the features will have to wait awhile…

    – Dennis Melling

  • linmarie
    linmarieover 3 years ago


  • Thank you Linmarie :)
    Greatly appreciated

    – Dennis Melling

  • Mark  Lucey
    Mark Luceyabout 3 years ago

  • Many thanks Mark :)
    It is an incredible honour to be featured in your group

    – Dennis Melling

  • Elaine Teague
    Elaine Teagueabout 3 years ago

    A truly talented work of art Dennis and such interesting description as well. A fave for me.

  • Thank you very much Elaine – much appreciated :)
    Best wishes

    – Dennis Melling

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