River Dart

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Dartmoor, England

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3 definable sections - all beautiful Sep 04, 2010
It is to be expected that the river giving its name to Dartmoor would have a bit going for it and the dart is certainly a beautiful river in each of its three stages.

The moorland stage is the first and here there are two rivers, the East Dart and the West Dart. Interestingly the East Dart rises near to the boggy area of Cranmere Pool, which is also the source area of rivers flowing to the north Devon coast.

Perhaps the best known single spot in this stretch is the clapper bridge over the east dart at Postbridge. The rivers join at a Devonshire beauty spot, called by the logical name of Dartmeet.

Below this the river enters its woodland and pstoral stage and passes through the towns of Ashburton and Buckfastleigh to Totnes, where it becomes tidal.

The tidal part of the Dart from Totnes to Dartmouth and kingswear on opposite sides is spectacular. Two car ferries run at different points between the two towns and Dartmouth is the site of the main Royal Naval College. There are frequent river trips between Totnes and Dartmouth and this stretch is a noted sailing venue.
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