The Rivers Tone & ParrettAcross Somerset, mile after mile of fantastic river waits to be explored.
The Rivers Tone & Parrett, Somerset & Dorset
Rising in the Brendon Hills and springs of Chedington, the Tone and Parrett wind their way across breathtaking countryside, merging at Burrowbridge to finish the staggering journey from source to sea.
For those of us who live in Somerset, rivers are a central part of who we are and where we live. Sometimes they bring chaos to our lives, bursting their banks and flooding our homes. But it is thanks to these rivers that the county’s rolling hills were shaped, the wetlands created, our towns developed and the rich farmland fertilised.
From source to sea, the Tone and Parrett boast some of the region’s most stunning landscapes and richest wildlife.
Get involved on the Rivers Tone and Parrett
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.
Taking the River Parrett Trail…
Thanks to the River Parrett Trail, it’s easy for you to follow the extraordinary journey made by this river (and by each raindrop that makes its way into their waters) to the sea.
The River Parrett begins its life in a series of springs around the picturesque village of Chedington in Dorset. From these springs, follow the river as it trickles through the landscape and across the Somerset border where it meanders through fields and villages.
Through the Levels, the river grows, becoming an ever more significant part of the countryside, eventually joining the River Tone at Burrowbridge.
Once combined with the Tone, the River Parrett continues its path northwards, to the sea. It carries on along its moorland path and passes beneath the M5 and into Bridgwater. Beyond, the river follows old trade routes into the estuary, now fringed by bird-populated marsh and wetland habitat, before flowing out into Bridgwater Bay.
River Tone and Parrett StoriesFrom 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 Rivers Tone & Parrett
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