The River Teign

One of Dartmoor's most beautiful rivers winds its way east to the sea at Teignmouth

The River Teign, Devon

Originating on Dartmoor and entering the sea at Teignmouth, the River Teign boasts hugely diverse habitats that attract a large variety of birds and wildlife. 

The Teign actually has two sources and these streams (the North and South Teign) descend the eastern slopes of the moor high above the village of Chagford.

From Chagford the River winds its way through the often wooded foothills of Dartmoor for nearly ten miles until below Dunsford it heads south, following the road to Chudleigh, Newton Abbot and ultimately into the estuary and the sea at Teignmouth.

Herons, kingfishers, dippers, grey wagtails, cormorants and goosanders can all be found along the Teign and otters are also making a comeback.

The Teign is noted for its salmon, brown trout and sea trout, with Drewe’s Weir being a good place to spot them leaping out of the water.

Get involved on the River Teign

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.

River Teign 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 Teign

Fish Pass: our innovative new angling app

The funding we received to improve fish passage and salmonid habitat was balanced with our aim to get more people fishing. If our work on weirs and the rivers can increase stocks of fish, then bringing a greater number of anglers to experience the fishing...

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World Water Monitoring Day 2018

To celebrate World Water Monitoring Day, our water quality monitoring lead Simon Browning shares his experience monitoring the rivers of the Westcountry. I’ve been working for the Westcountry Rivers Trust for over three years and my role is to...

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