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The Calstock Viaduct crossing the River Tamar.
The Calstock Viaduct crossing the River Tamar.

The Tamar is a river in south western England, that forms most of the border between Devon (to the east) and Cornwall (to the west). At its mouth, the Tamar flows into the Hamoaze where it joins with the River Lynher before entering Plymouth Sound. The river has some 20 road crossings, including the Tamar Bridge, a toll bridge on the A38 trunk road and the world renowned Royal Albert Bridge. River upstream of an Australian trout farm A river is a large natural waterway. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2005 est. ... Devon is a large county in South West England, bordered by Cornwall to the west, Dorset and Somerset to the east. ... Cornwall (Cornish: Kernow) is a county in South West England on the peninsula that lies to the west of the River Tamar. ... The Hamoaze is an estuarine stretch of water at the point where the tidal River Tamar, the River Tavy, and the River Lynher enter Plymouth Sound. ... The River Lynher flows through Cornwall, passing St Germans and enters Plymouth Sound at the Hamoaze. ... Plymouth Sound, or just The Sound, is a bay at Plymouth in England. ... The Tamar Bridge during widening and strengthening work, 1999 The Tamar Bridge is a major road bridge in southwest England carrying traffic between Devon and Cornwall. ... A toll road, tollway, turnpike, pike or tollpike is a road on which a toll authority collects a fee for use. ... A38 passing under M50 in Worcestershire The A38 is a major trunk road in England. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... The Royal Albert bridge in 1859 The Royal Albert bridge seen from Saltash railway station Royal Albert Bridge seen from the Tamar Bridge. ...

The Tamar's source is less than 4 miles (6 km) from the north Cornish coast, but it drains southward. North of the source the Cornish border heads to the sea along Marsland Water, making Cornwall nearly an island. The source of a river, usually a lake or a spring, is the farthest point of a river from its estuary or confluence with another river. ...

In a few places the border deviates from the river, leaving, for instance, the Devon village of Bridgerule on the 'Cornish' side. Curiously, the modern administrative border between Devon and Cornwall more closely follows the Tamar than the traditional border. Several villages north of Launceston which are west of the Tamar were actually in Devon until the 1960s. Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties are a level of subnational division of England used for the purposes of local government. ... The traditional counties of England are ancient subdivisions of England into around forty areas, which were used for both administrative and general geographical demarcation for several hundreds of years. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ...

The Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers around 75 square miles (195 square km) around the lower Tamar (below Launceston) and its tributaries the Tavy and the Lynher.[1] It was first proposed in 1963, but was not designated until 1995.[2] An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is an area of countryside with significant landscape value in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, that has been specially designated by the Countryside Agency on behalf of the United Kingdom government. ... The Tavy is a river on Dartmoor, Devon, England It is a tributary of the River Tamar and has as its own tributaries the: Collybrooke River Burn River Wallabrooke River Lumburn River Walkham. ... The River Lynher flows through Cornwall, passing St Germans and enters Plymouth Sound at the Hamoaze. ...

See also

Tamar River The Tamar River in northern Tasmania is formed by the merging of the North Esk River and South Esk Rivers in Launceston. ... Emblems: Flora - Tasmanian Blue Gum; Mineral - Crocoite Motto: Ubertas et Fidelitas (Fertility and Faithfulness) Slogan or Nickname: The Apple Isle; Holiday Isle Other Australian states and territories Capital Hobart Government Const. ... This is a list of rivers of Great Britain. ...

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Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at AllExperts (469 words)
The primary purpose of the AONB designation is to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the landscape, with two secondary aims: meeting the need for quiet enjoyment of the countryside and having regard for the interests of those who live and work there.
AONBs are created under the same legislation as the national parks, the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949.
The smallest AONB is the Isles of Scilly (1976), 16 km², and the largest AONB is the Cotswolds (1966), 2,038 km².
BBC - Devon Discovering Devon - Rivers - The Tamar (814 words)
At the estuary, the Tamar merges with the rivers Tavy, Plym and Lynher and you can't think of the Tamar in isolation, which is why this is about the wider Tamar Valley.
At the height of the industry, the valley was covered with apple orchards, while cherries, strawberries and daffodils were also produced, not only for local consumption but for cities elsewhere in the country.
The valley is historically important, with evidence of Stone and Bronze Age settlements - especially on the Cornish side of the river.
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