The River Torridge & Okement

Discover these hidden gems in Devon's rolling hills

The River Torridge and Tributaries

Despite the fact the River Torridge rises only 12 miles from the coast, this ancient river has decided to take the scenic route. Measuring 50 miles long, this river slowly meanders its way through woods and farmland, taking in every inch of the glorious Devon countryside.

Bideford’s Long Bridge spans the River Torridge and is one of the longest Medieval bridges in England  at 677 feet long

The River Okement used to be known as the river Ock

Get involved on the River's Torridge & Okement

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.

It’s easy to explore the Okement…

The East Okement is a spectacular small stream that flows northwards off Dartmoor in Devon in the South West of England. It then joins the West Okement near the town of Okehampton to form the Okement, which in turn flows into the River Torridge near Meeth in North Devon.

Along much of its length the stream is followed by the Tarka Trail, which gives the walker complete access to the river bank, the stunning scenery and the sensationally clear water tumbling down from the moor above…

 

River Torridge & Okement 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 Torridge & Okement

Comment: Resilient catchment and communities

Dr Laurence Couldrick, CEO of Westcountry Rivers Trust, discusses catchment resilience There has been a lot of talk about drought in the past few weeks and whilst it has been the driest winter in 20 years our increasingly variable weather patterns are now part of the...

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Comment: Environmental Leadership

After a BBC report that the Defra 25 year vision ‘Lacks policies’ and ‘may not even be published’, Dr Laurence Couldrick, CEO of Westcountry Rivers Trust, asks: is that the real problem? If you look at any book on Leadership it will probably quote the African proverb...

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Games by the River

Whatever your age, rivers are places where so many happy memories are made. In the Westcountry - where we are never more than 2 miles from a river - we all have so many tales of time enjoyed by the river. River walks, picnics, paddling, camping trips, river games…...

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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.