- River Torridge
The River Torridge is a river in
Devonin England. It was the home of Tarka the Otterin Henry Williamson's book. The Torridgelocal government district is named after the river.
The river rises close to the border with
Cornwall(north of the source of the River Tamar[http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.srf?x=227510&y=117240&z=3&sv=227500,117500&st=4&ar=Y&mapp=newmap.srf&searchp=newsearch.srf] . It flows generally east, passing between East Putfordand West Putford, and near Bradford it is joined by the River Waldon, then heads east past Black Torringtonand Sheepwash. It is joined by the River Lewnear Hatherleigh, and then by the River Okementnear Meeth.
It then flows northwards, picking up the
River Meresouth of Beaford. After this it makes tight bends, and goes past Little Torringtonand Great Torringtonheading generally north-west. It is joined by the River Yeoat Pillmouth, and then becomes estuarine by Bideford. Between Appledore and Instowit joins the estuary of the River Taw.
Tarka Trailwalking and cycle route partly follows the course of the North Devon Railway, which, for a considerable distance, closely followed the line of the river. Around Bidefordthe railway crossed from one bank to the other, and the Trail provides a good vantage point for viewing the river.
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