The River Erme

Discover This River's hidden secrets...

The River Erme, Devon

Rising on the Southern slopes of Dartmoor, the River Erme bubbles and flows through granite and clay before joining the English Channel in Bigbury Bay.

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Erme Estuary is a fantastic spot for Bird watching. Egret, Curlews, oyster-catchers ans kingfishers have all made this special place their home.

Dartmoor’s best preserved Archeological remains are found on the banks of the River Erne

A boon to local industry, many historical mills took their power from the River Erme

Get involved on the River Erme

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. You can share your stories of this river with us too – we’d love to hear them.

Inspiration through the ages….

In 1811, Turner spent two years in Devon where he was inspired by the beautiful landscape to paint this stunning water colour of the River Erme in Ivybridge.

These days, there is a thriving artistic community in South Devon, no doubt inspired by the natural beauty they live in.


Ivy Bridge, Devonshire circa 1813 Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851 Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856 Available under a CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported) licence

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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.