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Devon is a maritime county in southwest England, bounded on the north by the Bristol Channel, on the east by Dorset and Somerset, on the south by the English Channel, and the west by Cornwall. It covers an area of 2605 square miles.

Though in parts the coastline rises to bold and rocky cliffs, 300 to 400 feet high, the county has many fine harbors, such as Bigbury, Start, Tor, and Lyme bays and the estuaries of the Exe, Dart, and Sulcombe rivers in the south, and Barnstaple and Morte bays and the estuary of the Taw-Torridge rivers in the north.

In the southwest is the bare and rugged plateau of Dartmoor with numerous "tors," the highest being Willhays at 2039 feet. In the northeast, extending from Somerset, is Exmoor, another upland tract.

Exeter is the county town. Plymouth, Torquay are English Channel ports, while Barnstaple is the chief port on the Bristol Channel. Manufacturing towns include Dartmouth and Devonport.