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De Lank River

Sketch map showing the De Lank River as a tributary of the River Camel
The De Lank River at Garrow Tor
The De Lank River near Hantergantick

The De Lank River (Cornish: Dowr Dinlonk, meaning ravine fort river) is a small river in north Cornwall, United Kingdom. It is a tributary of the River Camel and is approximately nine miles (14.5 km) long from its source on Bodmin Moor to its confluence with the Camel two miles (3 km) south of St Breward.[1][2]

The De Lank River springs from Rough Tor Marsh between the two highest peaks on Bodmin Moor, Rough Tor and Brown Willy. Initially, its course is south between the peaks before turning southwest, past the southern foot of Garrow Tor, heading for the Camel. The De Lank's course is within the civil parish of St Breward.

The river flows through an isolated area with few riverside settlements. Its upper reaches cross a bare moorland plateau and its lower reaches are characterised by ancient deciduous woodland.[3] At Lank, near the confluence with the River Camel, the river flows through De Lank Quarries (the site of a Geological SSSI).

The De Lank River is an important wildlife habitat noted for diverse and abundant flora and fauna.[4] Together with the River Camel, the De Lank is an important habitat for the otter which is present along the whole length of the river.[5] The De Lank is included in the Camel Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and River Camel SSSI.[6]

Location

  • Source coordinates   OS grid reference SX155816
  • Confluence coordinates   OS grid reference SX084734

References

  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 190 Bude & Clovelly ISBN 978-0-319-23145-6
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 200 Newquay & Bodmin ISBN 978-0-319-22938-5
  3. ^ [1] Joint Nature Conservation Committee: River Camel SAC. Retrieved April 2010
  4. ^ [2] Cornwall Rivers Project website. River Camel and tributaries. Retrieved April 2010
  5. ^ [3] Bodmin Moor website. Retrieved April 2010
  6. ^ [4] Joint Nature Conservation Committee: River Camel SAC. Retrieved April 2010
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