The river begins as two separate branches (the East Dart and West Dart), which join at Dartmeet. The paths along these rivers offer very attractive walking, and there are several small waterfalls. The rivers are crossed by a number of clapper bridges, notably at the hamlet of Postbridge.

After leaving the moor, the Dart flows southwards past Buckfast Abbey and through the towns of Buckfastleigh, Dartington and Totnes. At Totnes, where there is a seventeenth century weir (rebuilt in the 1960s) it becomes tidal, and there are no bridges below the town.


River Dart Angling Association

The River Dart AA controls about 9 miles of fishing. Their water is great for sea trout and salmon and icludes the famous Totnes Weir Pool.

Day Tickets are available for The Church Commissioner’s Water and for ONE rod per day/night on the weir pool.

Salmon or Sea Trout: £20 per day or £100 per week

Brown Trout: £15 per day or £50 per week

The Duchy Of Cornwall Fishery

The East and West Dart rivers and their tributaries provide some of the best salmon, sea trout and trout fishing in the UK – there are over 25kms of river to be explored. Apart from the East and West Dart, there are The Cowsic, Blackabrook, Wallabrook, Swincombe, Cherry Brook and Stannonbrook tributaries.

West Country Rivers Passport tokens are exchangeable for day tickets or they can be purchased for £10 from all manner of stockists (see below).

Take a look at Mark’s account of his trip to Dartmoor.

Duchy Of Cornwall Fishing

Go to one of the agents listed below. You will be handed your fishing permit and blank catch return. Fill in your details on the permit.

After fishing – please complete a catch return – and drop it into one of the agents or post it to: Westcountry Rivers Trust, Rain-Charm House, Kyl Cober Park, Stoke Climsland, Callington PL17 8PH.

Dartmoor fishing prices (season, week & day permits)

Salmon season: £150   Salmon week: £85   Salmon day: £30

Trout season: £70   Trout week: £30   Trout day: £10

Fishing Seasons:-

Salmon: 1 February to 30 September

Sea trout: 15 March to 30 September

Brown trout: 15 March to 30 September

Dart Permit Outlets:-

Name Town / City Postcode Telephone
The Forest Inn Yelverton PL20 6SG 01364 631211
Badgers Holt Princetown PL20 6SG 01364 631213
Arundell Arms   Hotel Lifton PL16 0AA 01566 784666
Princetown   Stores & Post Office Yelverton PL20 6QE 01822 890212
Buckfast Post   Office Buckfastleigh TQ11 0ED 01364 643034
Two Bridges   Hotel Yelverton PL20 6SW 01822 892300
James Bowden   & Son Chagford TQ13 8AH 01647 433271
Prince Hall   Hotel Princetown PL20 6SW 01822 890403
The White Hart   Hotel Moretonhampstead TQ13 8NF 01647 441340
Postbridge   Post Office Yelverton PL20 6TH 01822 880201
Exeter Angling   Centre Exeter EX1 1BN 01392 435591
Ilsington   Country House Hotel Nr Newton   Abbot TQ13 9RR

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