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Tavistock Canal

The Tavistock Canal once linked the town of Tavistock to the River Tamar.  It is in water throughout (apart from the former Mill Hill Arm) albeit with just a few inches, as it is used for water supply. There is a well-used riverside path in Tavistock itself.

Things to do nearby

Waterway Notes


Download IWA West Country Branch’s Guide to the Tavistock Canal

Waterway underfunding

Hundreds of miles of waterways – along with their unique heritage and habitats – are currently starved of funding and rely on constant lobbying by us to safeguard their future.

Sustainable Boating

We want boating on canals and rivers to be more sustainable and – even though the current overall contribution to UK carbon emissions is very small – we want to help reduce emissions on the waterways.

Waterways Heritage at Risk

Britain’s canals and rivers are a unique, living heritage. But that heritage is at risk – from urban development, lack of protection, loss of skills and knowledge and climate change.

You can help Save Waterways Heritage.

Waterway restoration

Restoring the UK’s blue infrastructure – our inherited network of navigable canals and rivers – is good for people and places.