River Tone

River Tone

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A river in Somerset, the River Tone runs for 21 miles through beautiful countryside. It rises in the Brendon Hills and flows through to Clatworthy Reservoir. From here it flows through Taunton and sprawling countryside. The river ends when it flows into the River Parrett at Burrowbridge.

The river was once very important for trade in the area, with mills harnessing the water power. Although not used for milling, there are still reminders of its industrial past scattered along the river beds.

As you paddle along you can enjoy beautiful stone bridges and aqueducts, as well as old mills and mill villages.

Wildlife on the River Tone

One of the main reasons you might paddle on the River Tone is for its amazing wildlife. The river and area are home to many, many species.

The River Tone is a popular fishing spot for chub, carp, roach and pike among other species.

The fields and moors around the river are particularly special in winter though. In the colder months, they flood and become home to variety of wildlife.

Wading birds including snipe, lapwing and golden plover call the area home. Predators such as short-eared owls, merlin and peregrine falcons are also common site in winter.

Plus, there is a flourishing otter population with the creatures regularly recorded along the river.