Newton Abbot Bridges

Foot and Cycle | Rail | Road

Newton Abbot straddles the River Lemon and therefore uses bridges of various construction to maintain access for vehicles and pedestrians alike.

In recent years, there has been a pro-active programme to create and develop a cycling network. Many roads, pathways and bridges have been designed to include cycle lanes.

This page is devoted to the various bridges in the area. These images can be utilised as parts of various interesting walks including connecting nature reserves; part of the Templar Way trail and a stroll through the town following the course of the River Lemon.

Foot and Cycle Bridges

Town Quay Bridge

Town Quay Bridge

In 2013, the new Town Quay Bridge was opened to the public. It is a pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Teign located at the town quay. The 90 metre long bridge is a steel cable-stay construction.

This bridge offers foot access to Hackney Marshes nature reserve from Newton Abbot and a safer alternative route to Kingsteignton for cyclists. It is part of a cycling network in the area.

A380 Footbridge

This footbridge with cycle facilities joins the Brunel Road Industrial Estate and the Buckland Estate. It is located approximately 600 metres north of Penn Inn.

Aller Brook

Aller Brook Bridge

Part of the Templar Way trail.

Wharf Road Sidings

Wharf Road Sidings Footbridge

Access over River Lemon to Wharf Road Sidings Nature Reserve.

Market Footbridge

Market Footbridge

Access from multi-storey car park over the bus station in Sherborne Road to Market Square.

Union Bridge

Union Bridge

A grade 2 listed narrow footbridge over the River Lemon. Built in 1822, the segmental-arched intrados and jambs are contructed of Limestone ashlar with rubblestone parapet and pointed Devon limestone coping. A cast-iron plaque with the date and name of the bridge can be seen on the side of the bridge.

Historically, the River Lemon has flooded several times. After the flooding on 27th December 1979, as part of the flood defence program the walls flanking the river were raised to the current height in 1982.

Asda Footbridge

Asda Footbridge

Access over River Lemon between Asda and Car Parks.

Linden Terrace

Linden Terrace Footbridge

Foot and cycle access between Linden Terrace and river footpath.

Bakers Park

Bakers park Footbridge

Access over River Lemon to Bakers Park.

Bradley Leat

Bradley Leat Footbridge

Bradley Leat sourced from the River Lemon, originally used to provide water for the manorial mills.

Bradley Leat

Footpath over Bradley Leat

Footpath access over Bradley Leat. Overflow runs over small weir.

Bradley Leat

Footpath over Bradley Leat

Bradley Leat overflows into River Lemon.

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Railway Bridges

Main Line Rail Bridge

The South Devon railway reached Newton Abbot in 1846. The main line railway to Exeter and beyond exits Newton Abbot and crosses the River Lemon and River Teign where they converge.

Quay Road rail bridge

Main Line bridge in Quay Road

Access under the main line railway to the Town Quay and Brunel Industrial Estate.

Dark Arches

An archway built over Quay Road, Newton Abbot, known as ‘Dark Arches’ contains an arch which, it is believed, dates from Brunel’s time and once carried one or two Broad Gauge tracks. Many vehicles have been stuck under the low stone structure in the middle of the bridge or have been damaged. .

Bridge detail

Quay Road bridge detail

Arches constructed of brick.

Teigngrace line

Teigngrace Line railway

Teigngrace line railway crossing the River Lemon.

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Road Bridges

A380 Bridge

The A380 Besigheim Way crossing the River Teign.

The Avenue

The Avenue Bridge over River Lemon

Bridge over The Avenue.

Lemon Road

Lemon Road

Lemon Road.

Albany Street

Albany Street bridge

Access to Albany Street and Victoria Gardens.

Hero Bridge

Hero bridge

Hero Bridge, so named after an heroic feat when a person dived in to the River Lemon to rescue a drowning boy.


A382 over the River Lemon

A382 over the River Lemon.


A383 bridge over Whitelake Channel

A383 bridge over Whitelake Channel.


This page is currently under construction.

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