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top image: across the Lynher Valley to Bodmin Moor - Sharp Tor and Bearah Tor.

The beautiful Lynher Valley on the edge of Bodmin Moor is a very special area - for those of us living and working here and for visitors to experience. These pages will give you a brief introduction to the valley and surrounding area. And our new news page, countryside news, will help keep us all up-to-date.

The River

River LynherThe River Lynher rises on the slopes on the eastern side of Bodmin Moor, at 280m above sea level near Altarnun, and flows for 34km to reach the Tamar estuary below St. Germans.

Otters thrives along  much of the length of the river and its tributaries. One of its tributaries, the River Tiddy, supports a population of Atlantic salmon.

Many species can be found along the river and in the estuary, including rarer species such as the kingfisher, dipper and avocet.






The Valley

The fertile valley supports beef and sheep farms as

the valleywell as specialist dairy farms. The Cornish hedges and riverside woodlands are rich in wildlife.


The Lynher estuary is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Protection Area (SPA). It is also part of Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.



The river is crossed by many old stone bridges that were originally built for horse and cart. The quiet, narrow lanes follow the medieval routes from farms to farm and on to the village and the market towns.





Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Cornwall AONB
Cornwall's wealth of wildlife www.cornwallwow.org.uk
Cornwall wildlife Trust www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk
Cornwall Rivers Project River Lynher
Landscape Designations The Macauley Institute
BBC Nature Features Saving the Salmon
Old maps www.old-maps.co.uk
Lynher Valley parishes map




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