The River Lyhner

A spectacular Cornish River

The River Lyhner, Cornwall

Rising high up on Bodmin Moor, the Lyhner winds its way over granite, sandstone, slate and clay to join the Tamar in Plymouth Sound 20 miles later.

As well as supporting a vast array of wildlife, The River Lyhner estuary is also home to the Naval dockyards as well as many recreational boat yards.

The Hamoaze is the name given to the stretch of Estuary between the confluence of the Tamar and the Lyhner

The Lyhner is a haven for wildlife with several stretches being designated as Sites of Special Scientific interest (SSSI’s) due the species found there

Get involved on the River Lyhner

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 the River Lynher with us too – we’d love to hear them.

Stara Woods

A babbling brook cascades it way through the beautiful Stara Woods to join the River Lynher. You can start a walk at the old granite clapper bridge to discover the wonderful flora, fauna and wildlife, including the otter, to be found in the woodlands. You never know, one day you could see our very own mascot Dylan the otter out and about.

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Fancy a stroll?

We have teamed up with iwalk Cornwall to bring you some guided walks along the river…

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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.