SX8159 : Longmarsh Leat and sluice gate

near to Totnes, Devon, Great Britain

Longmarsh Leat and sluice gate
Longmarsh Leat and sluice gate
Longmarsh is the area to the right of the photo and is an area of floodplain covered on certain high tides by salty water from the tidal River Dart. The freshwater in the leat is used to mix with the salty water of the river to reduce the salinity.

The sluice gate shown can be used to close off and prevent the freshwater from escaping from the leat into the river. The water backs up and is allowed to flood out over the saltmarsh area known as Longmarsh. Longmarsh is thought to have been a managed in the past as a saltmarsh pasture and being periodically flooded it would have provided an area for lush spring and summer grazing for livestock.SX8159 : Longmarsh Leat entering the River Dart
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2010
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Date Taken
Saturday, 30 October, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 31 October, 2010
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Leat   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 814 591 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:25.2343N 3:40.2078W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SX 814 592
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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