River Dart

River Dart

The River Dart originates high on Dartmoor and enters the sea at Dartmouth, in Devon. Dartmouth and Kingswear Castles guard the mouth of the river, remnants of battles as early as the 1500s and as late as the Second World War where they were used in the D-Day preparations.
The estuary is a wildlife hotspot, with a resident colony of grey seals (that can also be seen up-river, in search of the plentiful fish supplies), fairly regular sightings of porpoises and even the occasional dolphin. It is a bird watcher’s paradise, with buzzards, osprey, egrets, shags, cormorants, guillemots and gannets commonly spotted. The woodland surrounding the river also boasts a large bat population.
As well as extensive wildlife and beautiful scenery, the River Dart has plenty to offer in terms of recreation. West Dart is notable ground for salmon spawning, and some of the best trout and salmon fishing in the UK can be found on the River Dart. As such, angling is very popular. Dartmouth harbour, once home to a healthy commercial fishing industry, is still a base for numerous local fishing vessels and leisure boats. It is also popular with sea kayakers, with the upper portions of the river being a whitewater kayaking hotspot.

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April 1, 2015