The Tavy is a river on Dartmoor, Devon, England. The name derives from the Brythonic root "Taff", the original meaning of which has now been lost.[1] It has given its name to the town of Tavistock and the villages of Mary Tavy and Peter Tavy. It is a tributary of the River Tamar and has as its own tributaries:

At Tavistock it feeds a canal running to Morwellham Quay.

Its mouth it is crossed by the Tavy Bridge which carries the Tamar Valley railway line.


The river is navigable inland as far as Lopwell, where a weir marks the normal tidal limit, about a 9-mile (14 km) journey from North Corner Quay at Devonport.[2] River transport was an important feature of the local farming, mining, tourism and forestry economies.[3][4]

The Queen's Harbour Master for Plymouth[5] is responsible for managing navigation on the River Tavy up to the normal tidal limit.[6]

See also



  1. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1928). English river-names. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. p. 252. OCLC 463242368. 
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey mapping
  3. ^ SC871 Rivers Tamar, Lynher and Tavy (Map). Admiralty. 2000. D inset. 
  4. ^ "Welcome to Lopwell" (PDF). Plymouth City Council. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Queen's Harbour Master Plymouth
  6. ^ The Dockyard Port of Plymouth Order 1999

Coordinates: 50°28′N 4°09′W / 50.467°N 4.150°W / 50.467; -4.150