North Teign River, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

North Teign River, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

The Teign is one of Dartmoor's great rivers. It rises in two places on the National Park's north moor. The North Teign Head is located between two of the highest points on Dartmoor. The South Teign Head is located on lower ground by the western boundary of Fernworthy Forest. From these headwaters, the North Teign River and South Teign River join to form the River Teign just west of Chagford.

Few people walk the moor around the North Teign Head. It's boggy, tussocky terrain close to the East Dart Head, Taw Head and West Okemenet Head. Hangingstone Hill and Whitehorse Hill are to the north. Cut Hill is to the south west. Only Yes Tor and High Willhays are on higher ground in southern England.

From its headwaters, the skinny river swings around a spur of land on top of which sit the army huts and cairn marked Quintin's Man on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map. The river is fed by streams and brooks as it cuts through a beautiful valley to Teignhead Farm. It passes under Teignhead Farm Clapper Bridge before tumbling down the impressive waterfall at Manga Hole. Flowing past metal railings in the farm wall it slows as it enters the flat, boggy landscape by Batworthy Mires. At the north east of this boggy area, it passes under another clapper bridge and by the Tolmen Stone before it flows fast through Scorhill Gorge to Gidleigh Park.

The North Teign River then meanders past stepping stones and National Trust land towards Chagford where it forms the River Teign.

We'd recommend visiting the river at Teignhead Farm. Walk in from Fernworthy Forest.

Downstream, we'd also suggest a trip to the section of river around Teign-e-ver Clapper Bridge.