River Tavy

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The Tavy above Tavistock, on the moor
Lopwell weir, highest point of navigation
Kayaking on the Tavy.

The Tavy is a river on Dartmoor, Devon, England. The name derives from the Brythonic root "Taff", the original meaning of which has now been lost.[1] It has given its name to the town of Tavistock and the villages of Mary Tavy and Peter Tavy. It is a tributary of the River Tamar and has as its own tributaries:

At Tavistock it feeds a canal running to Morwellham Quay.

Its mouth it is crossed by the Tavy Bridge which carries the Tamar Valley railway line.

Navigation[edit]

The river is navigable inland as far as Lopwell, about a 9-mile (14 km) journey from North Corner Quay at Devonport, and river transport was an important feature of the local farming, mining, tourism and forestry economies.[2][3]

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1928). English river-names. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. p. 252. OCLC 463242368. 
  2. ^ Admiralty (2000). SC871 Rivers Tamar, Lynher and Tavy (Map). D inset.
  3. ^ "Welcome to Lopwell". Plymouth City Council. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 


Coordinates: 50°28′N 4°09′W / 50.467°N 4.150°W / 50.467; -4.150