River Walkham, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park

River Walkham, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park

The River Walkham rises on remote moorland on Dartmoor's north moor. The headwaters are about 2km south west of Fur Tor which is said to be the most remote place on Dartmoor and in southern England. Other famous Westcountry rivers such as the River Tavy and River Dart have their headwaters here as well. It's boggy, tussocky terrain. Walking this section of Dartmoor National Park is difficult and we'd only recommend doing so after a spell of dry weather.

From this high moorland, the River Walkham flows past Great Mis Tor on its way to Merrivale. This section of the river is flanked by some of the National Park's most impressive prehistoric sites.

The river then passes through a wooded landscape on private land to Horrabridge.

Beyond Horrabridge, the River Walkham flows under Bedford Bridge, Gem Bridge and Grenofen Bridge before meeting the River Tavy at Double Waters which is the most westerly point in Dartmoor National Park. The River Tavy joins the River Tamar and flows into Plymouth Sound and the sea in The English Channel.

The section between Horrabridge and Double Waters is full or old mines. Drake's Trail passes over Gem Bridge and through Brunel's Grenofen Tunnel. The West Devon Way crosses the water at Double Waters.