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River Dart, Devon

River Dart
The River Dart is a river that flows through the county of Devon, in England. It rises high up in Dartmoor and issues into the English Channel at Dartmouth . The river starts its 46 mile journey to the sea as two separate branches, known as the East Dart and West Dart. These rivers are crossed by a number of clapper bridges such as the one at Postbridge . The pair then join at Dartmeet to become the River Dart and flow on through the Dart valley, an area of great natural beauty. Once it has left Dartmoor, the Dart flows to the south, passing Buckfast Abbey and running through the towns of Buckfastleigh , Dartington and Totnes . A seventeenth century weir straddles the river at Totnes and it is below this that the Dart becomes tidal. There are no further crossings after Totnes and a passenger ferry operates across the river from the village of Dittisham to a point adjacent to the Greenway Estate. The Dart estuary is a large ria and itís deep waters mean it is very popular for sailing . Kingswear and Dartmouth sit facing one-another from the east and west banks of the estuary. They are linked by two vehicle ferries and a passenger ferry.

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River Torridge
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River Teign
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