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Tavistock Canal, Devon


  • Located in Tavistock, Devon, South West England, England
  • Morwellham Quay is on the Devon side of the River Tamar. The River Tamar runs down the Devon/Cornwall border to Plymouth and the English Channel. Tavistock is a Dartmoor gateway town on the River Tavy. Tavistock Canal was built to connect the River Tavy at Tavistock to the River Tamar at Morwellham Quay such that copper ore, stone and other materials could be transported to destination markets such as the smelters in South Wales. Goods were also transported back up to Tavistock to be used, for example, in the local mines
  • Tavistock Canal was built between 1803 and 1817. The engineer was John Taylor. Part of the canal is a remarkbale 1.5 mile long tunnel that passes under Morwelldown or Morwell Down. You can see the entrances to this tunnel. These are referred to as 'portals'. The southern portal of the Tavistock Canal tunnel is just up the road from Morwellham Quay
  • 'Today the Tavistock Canal is a peaceful walk in beautiful countryside, but 200 years ago Tavistock and the Tamar Valley were joining Britain's industrial revolution. Copper mining at nearby Wheal Crowndale, and at Wheal Friendship in Mary Tavy on Dartmoor, was booming. But a constant bugbear was the difficulty - and cost - of transporting thousands of tons of ore over rough tracks and poor roads to the port of Morwellham on the River Tamar. The solution was the Tavistock Canal.' (Source: information board at Tavistock Abbey Weir)
  • By James Penman

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Tavistock The Wharf, Devon

Located in Tavistock, Devon, South West England, England

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Located in Tavistock, Devon, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

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Browns Tavistock Gold Award, Devon
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Total Rooms: 30; Rates: 59 - 259 Per Night

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Bedford Hotel, Tavistock
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Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 30; Rates: 65 - 140 Per Night

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Total Rooms: 10; Rates: 130 - 200 Per Night

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