River Seaton

The River Seaton is a river in east Cornwall, England, UK which flows southwards for 11 miles (17 km) into the English Channel.[1]

River Seaton
The River Seaton, Hessenford
Rivers south of Bodmin Moor
Physical characteristics
  elevation1,214 feet (370 m)
Length11 miles (17 km)

The river rises near Caradon Hill and flows generally south past Darite, Menheniot and Hessenford and a few miles farther south into the sea at Seaton Beach, west of Downderry.[2] The river has been dug into channels in its lower reaches which has sped the flow of the water up and straightened the curves out. Additionally, because of the mining history around Bodmin Moor, the water is polluted with traces of aluminium and copper; both these effects have led to smaller populations of wildlife inhabiting the river.[1]

There is an early record of the river as "Seythyn" in 1302; the name means "little arrow river".[3]

See also


  1. "Cornwall Rivers Project | Geography | Seaton". www.cornwallriversproject.org.uk. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  2. Ordnance Survey One-inch Map of Great Britain; Bodmin and Launceston, sheet 186. 1961
  3. Weatherhill, Craig (2009). A Concise Dictionary of Cornish Place-Names. Westport, Co. Mayo: Evertype. ISBN 9781904808220; p. 3

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