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The River Plym is a river in Devonmarker, Englandmarker. Its source is 450m above sea level on Dartmoormarker, in an upland marshy area called Plym Head. From the upper reachesmarker which contain antiquities and mining remains the river flows roughly southwest and enters the sea near (and gives its name) to the city of Plymouthmarker, where the settlement was historically known as Sutton. Its tidal estuary is known as the Lairamarker. It is approximately 30 km long.

The name Plym is thought to have its origins in Old English and means the 'plum tree', from a back-formation from the name of Plymptonmarker.

, a River-class antisubmarine frigate, was named after the river during World War II. It carried out convoy escort duties in the North Atlanticmarker and was later destroyed in the UK's first nuclear explosion.


When it was in operation, the Cann Quarry Canalmarker left the river at Marsh Mills.Hadfield, Charles (1985) The Canals of Southwest England, 2nd ed. Newton Abbot, Devon: David & Charles; pp. 122-123 ISBN 0-7153-8645-X

The Plym Valley Railwaymarker is a volunteer run railway which operates steam and diesel hauled train rides along a section of the Plym Valley from Marsh Mills station. The railway is currently extending its line to Plymbridge.

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