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. The 90 metre long bridge is a steel cable-stay construction and uses energy efficient LED lighting.

This pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Teign located at the town quay provides 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. It's construction was implemented as a safety measure.

Aller Brook

Aller Brook Bridge

Wharf Road Sidings

Wharf Road Sidings Footbridge

Market Footbridge

Market Footbridge

East of the Town Quay, the Aller Brook joins the River Teign. This footbridge offers access along the Teign Estuary and is part of the Templar Way trail. People are advised to check tidal times as the estuary route can get flooded.

West of Town Quay, this metal bridge with steep steps offers access over River Lemon to Wharf Road Sidings Nature Reserve and Whitelake Channel.

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

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

Linden Terrace

Linden Terrace Footbridge

Bakers Park

Bakers park Footbridge

Access over River Lemon between Asda and Car Parks. Union Bridge is upstream.

Foot and cycle access between Linden Terrace and river footpath.

Access from river footpath over the River Lemon to Bakers Park.

Mill Leat

Mill Leat Footbridge

Mill Leat

Footpath over Mill Leat

Mill Leat

Footpath over Mill Leat

This bridge is of Stone construction with arch and parapets. It provides a crossing over Mill Leat in Bradley Manor grounds. The Mill Leat is sourced from the River Lemon via a sluice near the weir. It was originally used to provide water for various mills.

Footpath access over Mill Leat. Overflow runs over small weir and under the footpath. Mill leat is visible at this point and continues alongside a footpath passing allotments and continues along Bradley Lane. The Mill Leat runs alongside the Alexandra Cinema, and along the back of Cricketfield Car Park but this section has been covered in tarmac.

Overflow of Mill Leat via a small weir into the 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 bridge

Main Line bridge in Quay Road

Quay Road rail bridge offers access under the main line railway to the Town Quay and Brunel Industrial Estate.

The archway built over Quay Road, Newton Abbot, is known as 'Dark Arches' and contains a stone constructed arch which, it is believed, dates from Brunel's time and once carried one or two Broad Gauge tracks.

Quay Road bridge detail

Many vehicles have been stuck under the low stone structure in the middle of the bridge or have been damaged. There is a height restriction warning.

The image on the left shows part of the unusual Bridge detail. The Arches are constructed using brick.

Teigngrace line

Teigngrace Line railway

Teigngrace line railway bridge crossing the River Lemon.

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Road Bridges

A380 Bridge

The A380 Besigheim Way road bridge crossing the Teign Estuary and reed beds.

The Avenue

The Avenue Bridge over River Lemon

Lemon Road

Lemon Road

Albany Street

Albany Street bridge

The Avenue bridge spans the River Lemon.

Lemon Road.

Access from Cricketfield Road and Car Parks over the River Lemon to Albany Street and Victoria Gardens.

Hero Bridge

Hero bridge


A382 over the River Lemon


A383 bridge over Whitelake Channel

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

A382 over the River Lemon.

A383 bridge over Whitelake Channel.

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A new road bridge has been constructed over Penn Inn Roundabout to carry Torbay/Exeter bound traffic.

Newton Abbot Railway. There are plans to extend the footbridge across to the Brunel industrial Estate, but progress is unknown at this point.

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Although the town has been here for several centuries with evidence of medieval buildings, the construction of the railway, which opened in 1846, encouraged extensive redevelopment and expansion during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. ...more


There are a variety of interesting walks in and around Newton Abbot. ...more

Templar Way information.