Rivers in Tiverton

Rivers in Tiverton

Rivers in Tiverton

Tiverton enjoys the sight of two beautiful rivers, the River Exe and the River Lowman, which join just south of the Town Centre.

Devon's main river

The River Exe is Devon's Main River; it is more than 50 miles long and stretches almost all the way from the Bristol Channel in the north to the English Channel in the south.

The source of the Exe is near Simonsbath on Exmoor - and it reaches the sea at Exmouth. En route, it passes through many communities, including Tiverton and, of course, Devon's county town Exeter.

Flood defenses built in the 1970's

The Exe has caused some major flooding in its time, bursting its banks on a regular basis. Some of the floods proved devastating, destroying churches and other buildings in Exeter and causing chaos in Tiverton itself and across farmland.

Flooding remains a problem along some stretches of the river, but a flood defence scheme built in Exeter in the 1970s has prevented major incidents in the city. Where the river reaches the sea, there are important nature sites on each side of the estuary - at Exmouth and Dawlish Warren.

Home to many leisure activities!

All the way along the Exe there are places to canoe, and the river these days is important to the holiday and leisure industry, as it is used as a big attraction for the surrounding towns and villages in Devon.

It's traditionally been a favourite place for anglers, and in 1924, a salmon weighing 64lb was caught by fisherman Richard Voysey. It became known as the famous Exe Salmon.

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