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Rivers in Devon

River Dart

  • Winds its way down from the moors of Dartmoor, to the sea at Dartmouth, on the South Devon coast.
  • One of the most important waterways in Devon.
  • The Dart's catchment area covers around 475sq kms.
  • The Dart runs through Buckfastleigh, Totnes, and Dartmouth.
  • In the 14th century, due to the threat of invasion, a castle was built at the mouth of the river. The remains still stand today.
  • There are car and passenger ferries on the River Dart, linking Dartmouth to Kingswear.
  • From Totnes the river is tidal.
  • There are no bridges between Totnes and the mouth of the Dart.
  • When the Dart reaches Dartmoor there are old stone bridges.
  • At Dartmeet, the West and East Dart rivers meet.
  • Around the Dartmouth region, there are pleasure boats and yachts.
  • Further up the river Dart, there are usually canoeists, anglers, walkers and people sightseeing.
  • The River Dart has a lot of wildlife. Alongside the Dart are birds thriving in the riverside woods, bats, trout and salmon in the water, and from time to time seals.

River Exe

  • The river runs southerly, from northern Exmoor (Somerset) to Exeter (Devon), arriving at Exmouth via a large estuary.
  • There are many attractions for watersports, water sports and sailing at the estuary of the River Exe.
  • Exmouth has its nature reserve on the river. The river is a site of special scientific interest, offering an important habitat for migrating and wading birds.

Coastline in Devon

Devon has two separated coastlines, one coastline is on the Bristol Channel, and one coastline is on the English Channel. Devon is therefore a county that has many seaside resorts offering watersports.

Places in Devon

Devon is located in the south west of England. Places in Devon include Axminster, Barnstaple, Bideford, Braunton, Brixham, Croyde, Dartmouth, Dawlish, Exeter, Exmouth, Great Torrington, Honiton, Ilfracombe, Lundy, Lynmouth, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, Paignton, Plymouth, Salcombe, Saunton, Sidmouth, Tavistock, Teignmouth, Tiverton, Topsham, Torbay, Torquay, Totnes and Woolacombe.


Exmouth represents the western end of the Jurassic Coast. It is said that the Dorset and East Devon Coast (starting from Exmouth), has been officially ranked next to the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef as one of the natural wonders of the world, representing 185 million years of the earth's history.


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