The Dart River

Both the East and West Dart rivers rise a few miles west of Postbridge.

The East Dart is fed by Whinneys Down Brook, Stannon Brook, Gawler Brook and the Wallabrook. The West Dart is fed by the River Cowsic, the Blackbrook River, the O Brook and the Swincombe, before the two join at Dartmeet to form the River Dart or “Double Dart” as it known to locals.

The river flows through, and has created, some of the most beautiful scenery on Dartmoor. It flows down waterfalls on the upper section of the East Dart, through steep sided valleys and past forests. The section between Newbridge and Holne Bridge is known to canoeists as “the Loop”and is reckoned to offer some of the best whitewater canoeing in the UK.

This fast flowing and often dramatic river flows down through Ashburton to Totnes, by which time it has become slow and peaceful.

Fly fishing on the River Dart offers the opportunity for the sporting angler to catch native wild brown and sea trout.

This can be pursued inexpensively by fishing the Duchy Waters known as the River Dart Complex, requiring only the purchase of a Duchy license, in addition to an Environment Agency license.

The South Devon Steam railway, which runs from Buckfastleigh to Totnes parallels the river and offers the best way to see the lower reaches of the River Dart. Ultimately the river flows into the sea at Dartmouth, another town well worth a visit and famous for the Dartmouth Naval College.

Dartmoor is famous for its clapper bridges, with the best being over the East Dart in Postbridge.

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