River Cam (Somerset)

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River Cam
The Old Mill on the River Cam, West Camel - geograph.org.uk - 693898.jpg
File:The Old Mill on the River Cam, West Camel
Country England
State Somerset
District South Somerset
City North Cadbury
 - location Yarlington
 - elevation 144 m (472 ft)
 - coordinates 51°03′38″N 2°27′55″W / 51.06056°N 2.46528°W / 51.06056; -2.46528
Mouth River Yeo
 - location Yeovilton
 - coordinates 51°00′06″N 2°38′10″W / 51.00167°N 2.63611°W / 51.00167; -2.63611Coordinates: 51°00′06″N 2°38′10″W / 51.00167°N 2.63611°W / 51.00167; -2.63611
Length 17 km (11 mi)

The River Cam is a tributary of the River Yeo in the south of Somerset, England.

The Cam rises east of Yarlington (51°00′06″N 2°38′11″W / 51.001721°N 2.636343°W / 51.001721; -2.636343 (Source of the River Cam)). It flows south west past North Cadbury, Sparkford, Queen Camel and West Camel, and joins the Yeo near Yeovilton (51°00′06″N 2°38′11″W / 51.001721°N 2.636343°W / 51.001721; -2.636343 (Mouth of the River Cam)).[1]

Other tributaries include the stream through Blackford and Compton Pauncefoot and benefited from works in the 1980s to the riverbanks in Blackford to help keep the water moving. Flooding in Blackford is rarer than previously, as a result. This tributary stream has its headwaters in the hills around Blackford and Compton Pauncefoot together with a number of springs. The main waters come from three primary sources: Maperton, Quarry Hill and Sigwells Hill. The first two combine in Blackford around the Crossroads/Hollow and further springs contribute at several points all the way through both villages. The river then travels under the A303 to join the Yarlington headwaters.

The Cam flows onto the Royal Naval Station at Yeovilton where it joins the Yeo, which in turn flows west to the south of Yeovilton and through the town of Ilchester. The river course continues to the west and at Langport becomes the River Parrett.

In 2009 the river burst its banks at West Camel following flash flooding.[2]


  1. ^ "River Cam". Somerset Rivers. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "More than 20 rescued from floods". BBC. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 

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