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The Avill rises on the eastern slopes of Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor. It flows in an easterly direction to Steart where it is joined by streams from White Moor and Kersham Hill . It then turns north for a short distance to Pitt Bridge and then north easterly past Timberscombe. It then flows through the valley below Knowle Hill and through Dunster to the sea at Dunster Beach, into the Bristol Channel. At Loxhole Bridge, Dunster a sluice controlled overflow channel has been constructed to take water from the river into the Bristol Channel just east of the river’s mouth.  This camera was installed and is maintained by the Environment Agency and can be viewed  here All  content is available under the Open Government Licence v3.0. The Gallox Bridge in Dunster dates from the 15th century. It has been designated as a Grade I listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument. It is a narrow stone packhorse bridge, on the southern outskirts of Dunster, with two arches over the River Avill. It was originally known as Gallows Bridge and has a roadway width of  3.9 ft  a total width of 6.2 ft and is  44.3 ft long. The river then skirts Dunster New Park surrounding Dunster Castle. Near to Dunster Beach the stream is crossed by a bridge on the West Somerset Railway. The river was part of the inspiration for the hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful.