Lopwell dam is the head of navigation and is around 10 miles upriver if I launch from QAB in Sutton harbour.
A traditional river quay that served nearby mines and farmland, it was also used by the monks from nearby Buckland Abbey. The quayside once saw the export of lead and silver and imports of coal and limestone. The mining of lead and silver dates from the 13th C and on the Bere Ferrers bank grew a small community around the Lopwell and Maristow mines.
There was a working mill in the area up until around 1872 and we passed one of the old mill stones set into the wall of the car park. From the mid 19th C to mid 20th C pleasure steamers from Plymouth used to call in as well.