West Dart River

The West Dart River is one of the two main tributaries of the River Dart in Devon, England.

West Dart
Upper reaches of the West Dart.
Physical characteristics
  location50.618°N 3.978°W / 50.618; -3.978
  elevation540 m (1,770 ft)
50.545°N 3.877°W / 50.545; -3.877
210 m (690 ft)
Length16.25 km (10.10 mi)

Its source is about 2 km north of Rough Tor on north Dartmoor. It flows south to Two Bridges, then south east past Hexworthy to meet the East Dart River at Dartmeet.

On the left bank of the river about a mile above Two Bridges is the broadleaved Wistman's Wood, "fascinating high-level woods that are quite unlike anywhere else".[1]

Tributaries include the Cowsic River which rises near Devils Tor and flows south below Lydford Tor, to join the West Dart at Two Bridges. Other right bank tributaries include the Blackbrook River, River Swincombe and the O Brook. The Cherry Brook joins the West Dart on the left bank near Sherberton.


  1. Gibbons, Bob (2003). Britain. Oxford University Press. p. 188. ISBN 9780198504337.
  • Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 scale map of Dartmoor. OL28.
  • Hemery, Eric (1983). "West Dart Country". High Dartmoor. London: Robert Hale. pp. 404–474. ISBN 0-7091-8859-5.

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