River Teign

River Teign

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River Licensing Information

Licence Required?

No licence required

Grade: 2-3

If you are paddling the North River Teign, this is Grade 4+. 

A popular river rising in Dartmoor, the River Teign in Devon measures 31 miles and flows from the hills of Dartmoor and into the English Channel at Teignmouth.

The river becomes tidal at Newton Abbot, before forming the Teign Estuary and eventually joining the Channel. Here you will see a wealth of wildlife, including wading birds and the occasional seal.

If you’re heading for a paddle here, make sure you familiarise yourself with the tide timetable. You should also check the wind direction and speed as this stretch is quite wide and exposed.

White water on the River Teign

Further inland, the river is a favourite spot for white water paddlers. It has stretches of grade 2-3 rapids. There are some technical drops on parts of the river also.

Make sure to check river levels using the PaddlePoints map above before heading for a paddle. Also, double check the area you’re paddling for experience/skill level.

If you’re someone who appreciates history, check out Fingle Bridge which stretches over the river at Drewsteignton on Dartmoor.

It is a packhorse bridge. It has three arches and the two central piers are surrounded by triangular cutwaters extending upwards to form pedestrian refuges.

It’s a stunning grade II listed bridge set to a dramatic heathland backdrop.