Tavistock Canal

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The Tavistock Canal was constructed early in the 19th century to link the town of Tavistock to Morwellham Quay on the River Tamar some 5 miles, about 15 minutes away from Tavistock.
The canal was opened on the 24th June 1817 and was constructed to carry copper ore from the mines at the Wheal Friendship and the Wheal Crowndale mine, and later from Wheal Crebor all close to Tavistock.

The port at Morwelham was able to take in ships up to 200 tons and was located on the tidal river Tamar some 23 miles inland!

The canal today can be walked along from Tavistock past Tavistock School and along till you reach the closed off pint that enters into the tunnel, a walk of about 3 miles.

 

January 17, 2016 |

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