River Torridge

River Torridge

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Grade: 1/2 with weirs

A river running right through rural Devon, the River Torridge flows through steep wooded banks and lush Devon countryside.

The 58 mile long River Torridge flows from Higher Clovelly through to the north of Bideford. Here it washes into the Bristol Channel.

A beautiful spot for a leisurely paddle, this partly tidal river is an excellent choice for people looking to explore in a canoe or kayak.

The river does have some stretches of grade 2 and weirs along the route. If you’re unfamiliar with the river you should double check the route. Also check tide timetables as well as water levels and weather.

What to look out for on the River Torridge

Things to look out for along the river include Long Bridge at Bideford, which is a grade 1 listed bridge has boasts an impressive 24 arches! The bridge was originally built of wood but over the years has been replaced with stone.

Large parts of the river are designated SSSI sites due to its wildfowl, wading birds and varying wildlife. There is also a thriving popular of brown and sea trout as well as salmon.

It’s also great for otter spotting, with the best otter population in England!