The River Clyst is a small river in East Devon, rising between the villages of Payhembury and Plymtree at a place called Clyst William, and flowing out into the Exe estuary by Topsham. The word “Clyst” is thought to be the Celtic word for a clear stream.

Along its course the river passes through or beside a number of villages, most of which have “Clyst” in their name:

  • Clyst Hydon
  • Clyst St Lawrence
  • Westwood
  • The Ashclyst forest
  • Broadclyst
  • Clyst Honiton
  • Clyst St Mary
  • Clyst St George