River Avon, Devon

The River Avon, also known as the River Aune, is a river in the county of Devon in the southwest of England. It rises in the southern half of Dartmoor National Park in an area of bog to the west of Ryder's Hill. Close to where the river leaves Dartmoor a dam was built in 1957 to form the Avon reservoir (see Dartmoor reservoirs). After leaving the moor it passes through South Brent and then Avonwick and Aveton Gifford and flows into the sea at Bigbury-on-Sea. Near Loddiswell the valley flows through Fosse Copse a 1.88 hectares (4.65 acres) woodland owned and managed by the Woodland Trust.[1]

The mouth of the River Avon, seen from Burgh Island
Physical characteristics
  locationnear Ryder's Hill, Dartmoor
  coordinates50.5101°N 3.9047°W / 50.5101; -3.9047
  elevation475 m (1,558 ft)
MouthEnglish Channel
50.2798°N 3.8877°W / 50.2798; -3.8877
0 m (0 ft)
Length41 km (25 mi)

The estuary lies within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is part of the South Devon Heritage Coast.[2]

From 1893 until its closure in 1963, the Kingsbridge branch line railway line ran along the valley of the Avon between Kingsbridge and South Brent.[3]

See also


  1. "Fosse Copse". Explore Woods. Woodland Trust. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  2. "South Devon AONB: Avon Estuary". Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  3. "Subterranea Britannica, Kingsbridge Station". 24 July 2006. Retrieved 2009-04-25.
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