Tipton St John

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Many thanks to Tipton Garage for facilitating this camera's location and to the Westcountry Rivers Trust for capitally funding its installation. The River Otter rises in the Blackdown Hills just inside the county of Somerset, near Otterford, then flows south for some 32 km through East Devon to the English Channel at the western end of Lyme Bay. The Permian and Triassic sandstone aquifer in the Otter Valley is one of Devon's largest groundwater sources, supplying drinking water to 200,000 people. This is primarily a Brown Trout stream noted for its dry fly fishing for Trout of good average weight. There is also an improving run of Sea Trout. The river flows through a predominantly rural area, with small cattle, sheep and dairy farms. The Tipton St John has history dating back to the Doomsday Book, and between 1874 and 1967 Tipton St John formed an integral part of the rail network with a bustling station on the mainline carrying passengers from London and the Midlands to the popular health resorts of Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth.