River Allen, Cornwall

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River Allen at Trewen Bridge
The northernmost River Allen, a tributary of the River Camel

The River Allen (Cornish: Dowr Lehen, meaning slate river) in north Cornwall is one of two rivers in Cornwall which share this name. In this case the name is the result of a mistake made in 1888 by Ordnance Survey, replacing the name Layne with Allen which is the old name for the lower reaches of the Camel.[1] The other River Allen runs through Truro.

The River Allen is a major tributary of the River Camel. It springs northeast of Camelford and flows south-southwest through the Allen Valley passing St Teath and St Kew Highway to join the Camel near Sladesbridge.[2][3]


  1. ^ Weatherhill, Craig. Place Names in Cornwall and Scilly, 2005.
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 200 Newquay & Bodmin ISBN 978-0-319-22938-5
  3. ^ "River Camel". Cornwall Rivers Project. Retrieved 7 June 2009.

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Coordinates: 50°30′33″N 4°49′07″W / 50.5091°N 4.8187°W / 50.5091; -4.8187