River Dovey

For other uses, see Dyfi (disambiguation).
River Dovey (Afon Dyfi)
The River Dovey north of Machynlleth
Country Wales
Source Creiglyn Dyfi
 - elevation 1,900 ft (579 m)
 - location Irish Sea

The River Dovey (Afon Dyfi in Welsh) is a river in Mid Wales. The Dovey estuary forms the border between the counties of Gwynedd and Ceredigion.


The Dovey rises in the small lake Creiglyn Dyfi at about 1,900 feet (580 m) above sea level, below Aran Fawddwy, flowing south to Dinas Mawddwy and Cemmaes Road, then south west past Machynlleth to Cardigan Bay at Aberdyfi. It shares its watershed with the River Severn and the River Dee before flowing generally south-westwards down to a wide estuary. The only large town on its route is Machynlleth.

Because of its origins high in the Cambrian Mountains and its relatively short length, it is prone to flooding and some roads in the lower catchment can become impassable during very wet weather. It has been a relatively pristine river with few polluting inputs and is notable for its Salmon and Sea Trout (migratory Brown Trout).[1]

The catchment area was notable for its now defunct lead mines and slate quarries, especially around Corris and Dinas Mawddwy.


The Dovey is joined by the:

Film Location

The Dovey Estuary was used as a location shot in Led Zeppelin's 1976 film The Song Remains the Same. The segment of the film is where Robert Plant comes ashore on a boat, after which he rides a horse, making his way to Raglan Castle. Plant was obviously behind the choice of the location, being familiar with the area; Bron-Yr-Aur cottage is located on the edge of Machynlleth.

See also


  1. Erichsen Jones, J. R. (May 1941). "The Fauna of the River Dovey, West Wales". Journal of Animal Ecology. British Ecological Society. 10 (1): 12. doi:10.2307/1339.

Coordinates: 52°36′01″N 3°51′24″W / 52.6004°N 3.8567°W / 52.6004; -3.8567

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