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Dartmoor has about double the rainfall of Plymouth. That makes it unsurprising that there should be plenty of water around. Perhaps it is more surprising that by and large the rivers can be fairly easily followed on foot. Just the very top near the source tends to be generally soggy and sometimes the actual source is little more than a slight splurge from underground into a marsh. However in a very short distance they become recognisable as rivers with proper valleys.
The watershed on Dartmoor means that the Taw and the Torridge flow to tne north coast: the Tavy, Walkham, Meavy, Cad, Yealm, Avon, Dart and Teign to the south. The Plym is an obvious omission here - sometimes the Cad is caled the Plym and 'Cad Head' wil not be found on any map; 'Plym Head' will but more commonly the Plym is deemed to come from the junction of the Cad with the Meavy at Shaugh Bridge in wooded valleys south of the moor. Similarly the beautiful junction of the Tavy with its tributary, the Walkham at Double Waters is just after they have flowed off the moor. Only Dartmeet, equally beautiful, where the West and East Dart rivers converge is an actual moorland beauty spot. However this article is entitled Dartmoor's south flowing rivers (and not Dartmoor) so the rivers can well be pursued south of the moor. .
All of them flow through fine wooded stretches before forming substantial estuaries. The Tavy is actually a tributary of the Tamar, which forms the devon/Cornwall boundary for much of its length. This and the Plym sandwich Plymouth between them, making it possibly the ost scenic of the UK's top twenty cities. Wembury, Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo at the mouth of the Yealm are less known but not an iota less attractive - as Plymothians acknowledge by the numbers visiting at weekends. The river trip between Totnes and Dartmouth is well known and retains now rare ferries across between Kingswear and Dartmouth. Most of the people who pass Teignmouth on their way in the train to Plymouth and Cornwall give no thought to what it passes through but Fingle Bridge and Lustleigh Cleave are as spectacular as any other South Devon non-coastal beauty spots.