(Goodameavy to Plym confluence)


WHERE IS IT?: South Dartmoor, not so far from Plymouth! The section described is directly above and runs into the lower Plym. Map.

PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: Start on the upper Meavy, or put-in at Goodameavy (SX529547). Drive up to Goodameavy and get in by the bridge (take care with parked cars - we've had a car broken into here!!). Take-out is at Shaugh Bridge (SX 533637) or continue down the lower River Plym. Limited parking is available at Shaugh car park. Vehicular access to the take-out points is good, but sadly, there have also been many break-ins to cars parked at Shaugh Bridge, so do not leave valuables in a visible position in your car.


TIME NEEDED: 15-20 mins if you run it straight off!

ACCESS HASSLES: Park officials have on occasion claimed that they have jurisdiction over navigation of the Meavy. They don't, obviously.

WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Works when the upper River Plym is too high. Walk a little way upstream of Shaugh bridge and look at the last bouldery rapids; will you scrape on these? We paddled the river in high bank-full conditions, and we really needed more a bit more water still; a minor flood ideally.

GRADING: Grade 4.

MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: Fallen trees - there are plenty of these usually.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The first section is flat but after a large Grade 3 on a left hand bend, the river becomes continuous Grade 3 and 4 until Shaugh Prior bridge. The difficulties consist of steep boulder gardens with the odd tree-avoidance tactic making for the trickiest moves. This is a very narrow river and flows through lovely natural surroundings; tramping up and down the banks dragging boats wouldn't do it much good obviously, so use your sense.

Pics of the Meavy

OTHER NOTES: The river upstream is much easier but marred by obstacles. The section on the lower River Plym below the bridge is well worth continuing onto if the Meavy is flowing. Note that at high water levels, entering the lower River Plym with it's bigger volume and gradient, is like hitting 'fast forward'! If it's not too high, also consider doing the Upper Plym?

CONTRIBUTED BY: Dave Francis and Mark Rainsley.



Community Forum Comments on this Article
Re: River Meavy - Goodameavy to Plym confluence -- jmmoxon
2018 Jan 13 10:09:59 PM
Still 5 or 6 trees in the last half mile that are likely to require portaging.

Re: RIVER MEAVY (Goodameavy to Plym confluence) -- Mark R
2009 Jan 11 03:08:29 PM
New pics added today.
No subject -- Mark R
2008 Nov 30 11:53:55 AM
New pics added.
No subject -- Ross W
2008 Nov 23 03:02:12 PM
Ill add something!

ITs full of tree!

Here are some images....

No subject -- Mark R
2008 Nov 23 01:05:23 PM
From Ray Latham (Nov 06) ... "The Meavy was fairly high and good paddling. Very technical with many large boulders and pinned trees and lots of blind bends that needed a slow approach, but we did not need to get out to look.

Two of us paddled the Meavy on Tue 21st Nov 2006. We used the correct put in and get out for the lower Plym. While setting up to get in an angler came along and informed us that we were not allowed to paddle this stretch. I had traveled from Bristol area and so was not going to be put off too easily. After 10 min's of talks that were fairly easy going and friendly on both sides he agreed that on this one occasion it probably would not be a problem and that we would probabaly not upset anyone. I think though that he sent the jungle drums out as there was a river bailiff waiting for us at the get out and we were approached by two others. All seemed very aware of our presence and paddle plans. But thankfully none got snotty, just very protective of their stretch of river and keen to put off any future paddlers. So be prepared for an organised angler mafia in this area."
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