River Avon, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park

River Avon, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park

The River Avon is one of England's iconic rivers. It flows from Dartmoor's high south moor down to the South Devon coast at Bantham, Bigbury-on-Sea and Burgh Island. Where river meets sea is one of the most photographed areas of coastline in the country. It's an exceptionally beautiful place and we'd recommend visiting when on holiday in Dartmoor.

The Avon rises on the north western flank of Ryder's Hill which is the highest point of Dartmoor's south moor. The headwaters are located at Avon Head Mires (also referred to as Aune Head Mires on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map). From there, the river flows south in a shallow valley flanked by remote, domed moorland. It's fed by water from Fishlake Mire and Ryder's Mire before it swings around Huntingdon Warren on its way to Avon Dam Reservoir. You can very safely cross the river here at Huntingdon Clapper Bridge.

From the dam at the eastern end of Avon Dam Reservoir, the River Avon runs through the stunning Avon Dam Reservoir Valley, which is usually packed with people in high season, on its way to the car parking area at Shipley Bridge. The river continues to South Brent where it leaves Dartmoor National Park.

Having left Dartmoor, the Avon arcs through the South Devon countryside on its way to the Avon Estuary and the magnificent Bantham Beach and Bigbury-on-Sea Beach. River meets open sea by Burgh Island.