River Plym

River Plym

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image_caption = View of the River Plym at Laira looking North
country = England
region = Devon
city = Plymouth
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The River Plym is a river in Devon, England. Its source is 450m above sea level on Dartmoor, in an upland marshy area called Plym Head. The river flows roughly south west and enters the sea near (and gives its name) to the city of Plymouth, where the settlement was historically known as Sutton. Its tidal estuary is known as the Laira. It is approximately 30km long.

The name Plym is thought to have its origins in Old English and means the 'plum tree', from a back-formation from the name of Plympton.

warship|HMS|Plym|K271, a River-class antisubmarine frigate, was named after the river during World War II. It carried out convoy escort duties in the North Atlantic and was later destroyed in the UK's first nuclear explosion.

When it was in operation, the Cann Quarry Canal left the river at Marsh Mills Charles Hadfield "The Canals of Southwest England" Page 122-123 ISBN 0-7153-8645-X] .

The Plym Valley Railway is a volunteer run railway which operates steam and diesel hauled train rides along a section of the Plym Valley from Marsh Mills station. The railway is currently extending its line to Plymbridge.

ee also

*Rivers of the United Kingdom


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