River Tavy

The Tavy (/ˈtvi/) is a river on Dartmoor, Devon, England. The name derives from the Brythonic root "Tam", once thought to mean 'dark' but now generally understood to mean 'to flow'.[1] It has given its name to the town of Tavistock and the villages of Mary Tavy and Peter Tavy. It is a tributary of the River Tamar and has as its own tributaries:

At Tavistock it feeds a canal running to Morwellham Quay.

Its mouth is crossed by the Tavy Bridge which carries the Tamar Valley railway line.

The river is navigable inland as far as Lopwell, where a weir marks the normal tidal limit, about a 9-mile (14 km) journey from North Corner Quay at Devonport.[2] River transport was an important feature of the local farming, mining, tourism and forestry economies.[3][4]

The Queen's Harbour Master for Plymouth[5] is responsible for managing navigation on the River Tavy up to the normal tidal limit.[6]

See also


  • Armstrong, Robin (1985) The Painted Stream, London: Dent ISBN 0-460-04702-7


  1. Owen, Hywel Wyn (1998). University of Wales Press. Cardiff, United Kingdom: University of Wales Press. p. 103. ISBN 0708314589.
  2. Ordnance Survey mapping
  3. SC871 Rivers Tamar, Lynher and Tavy (Map). Admiralty. 2000. D inset.
  4. "Welcome to Lopwell" (PDF). Plymouth City Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 June 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  5. Queen's Harbour Master Plymouth
  6. The Dockyard Port of Plymouth Order 1999

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