River Teign

River Teign

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image_caption = The Teign at low tide near Newton Abbot, looking in the direction of Haytor.
country = England
region = Devon
city = Teignmouth
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region_type = County
city_type = Towns
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source_elevation = 528
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mouth_name = Lyme Bay
mouth_location = English Channel
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The River Teign (pronEng|tiːn) is a river in the county of Devon, England.

Like many Devon rivers, the Teign rises on Dartmoor, near Cranmere Pool. Its course on the moor is crossed by a clapper bridge near Teigncombe, just below the prehistoric Kestor Settlement. It leaves the moor at its eastern side, flowing beneath Castle Drogo in a steep-sided valley. It then flows southwards at the east edge of the moor. The river becomes tidal at Newton Abbot, and reaches the English Channel at Teignmouth. Its estuary is a large ria.

The river lends its name to several places on the map in its 50km (30 miles) to the English Channel: Teigncombe, Drewsteignton, Teigngrace, Kingsteignton (one of England's largest villages), Bishopsteignton, Teignharvey, and Teignmouth.

Until 1827 the lowest bridge over the river was Teign Bridge at Teigngrace. When it was being rebuilt in 1815 it became apparent that at least four successive bridges had been erected at various times with or over the remains of the previous constructions. Mr. P. T. Taylor, who investigated the matter at the time, gave as his opinion that:

the last or upper work was done in the sixteenth century, and that the red bridge had been built on the salt marsh in the thirteenth century; since which time there has been an accumulation of soil to the depth of ten feet. He supposes the wooden bridge to be old as the Conquest, and the white stone bridge to have been Roman work. [Jusserand, J.J. (1891). "English Wayfaring Life in the Middle Ages." Pub. T.Fisher Unwin, London. P. 69. Available online at [http://www.archive.org/details/englishwayfaring00jussuoft www.archive.org] .]

One end of the Hackney Canal connected to the river.

The river has been kayaked at least from Leigh Bridge (the confluence of the North and South Teign) at SX 6835 8765 to Steps Bridge at SX 8043 8835 [ [http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/swengland.htm UK Rivers Guidebook - South West England] ] , rated as grade 2 to 3. Near Dunsford there is a nature reserve on the east bank [ [http://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/index.php?section=places:reserves&reserveid=26 Dunsford Nature Reserve on Devon Wildlife Trust Website] ] .

ee also

*Rivers of the United Kingdom
*Haytor Granite Tramway - The Teign and its commercial past.
*Rock-cut basin The Tolmen stone on the North Teign


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