The River Tavyone of Devon's wildest rivers...
The River Tavy, Devon
Rising high on Dartmoor near Devil’s Tor, this ancient river winds its way down through Tavistock where it joins the River Tamar and forms the Bere peninsula.
The River Tavy provides opportunities for all types of recreational activities from kayaking and swimming to bird watching and fishing. This wild river is fantastic to place to walk, eat and unwind.
The Tavy feeds Tavistock Canal, which was once an important trading route connecting Morwellham quay to Tavistock
Get involved on the River Tavy
If you love your local river, understand how vital it is to you in your life and share our passion for keeping it healthy for you and your community, then there are many ways for you to get involved. Whether it’s helping on a river clean-up day, becoming a river scientist, going on a river walk or simply making a donation, working together we can help your river bring water to life for many years and generations to come.
As well as marking the upper tidal limit of the Tavy estuary, Lopwell dam provides everything a river explorer could want. Due to the unique habitats found here, Lopwell Dam is both a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as well as a local nature Reserve. the unique mix of Saltmarsh, ancient semi – natural woodland, mud flats and marshes means that there will always be a wealth of wildlife on view.
For something more active, the woodland surrounding the dam offers numerous walking opportunities whilst the estuary provides a haven for kayakers and windsurfers, just mind out for the seals that are occasionally spotted there!
River Tavy Stories
From Roman times to the present day, Westcountry rivers have been an ever-present thread running through our communities, our culture and our heritage. Ever increasingly, we have come to realise how wonderful it is to spend time on, in or near a river and they are so often the backdrop to our fondest memories of days spent outdoors, being active and spending time with nature.
Latest news from the River Tavy
In our latest Western Morning News article, our head of fisheries and river management Bruce Stockley talks about fishing in relation to the environment.It's an obvious fact that country sports need the natural environment to function, but does the environment need...read more
Elver fishermen on the River Parrett in Somerset have donated 20,000 elvers from catches to help boost eel populations in the River Huntspill.And we were on hand to help release them (see photo below).With the help of the Somerset Wildlife Trust, the...read more
Simon Browning, our Senior Data & Evidence Officer, shares his thoughts with the Western Morning News.As we race around in our cars, effortlessly defying gravity at the touch of an accelerator, it can be easy to lose touch with the subtle slopes of our landscape....read more