Rivers on the Around-England Blog

England has some beautiful rivers, and the north of England especially so. There are, of course, major commercial estuaries such as the Mersey, Humber, Tyne and Tees. Some estuaries such as the Ribble have, however, lost their former commercial significance and now are important wildlife areas, especially for migrating water fowl. Other streams run short but sensationally from mountains to the sea.

Many of the Lake District rivers such as the Crake from Coniston Water and the Leven from Windermere have little in length but much in attraction. The Derwent, flowing out of Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake although not long accumulates a powerful flow especially after its confluence with the Cocker, as the towns of Cockermouth and Workington experienced in the tragic 2009 floods.


The River Derwent at Cockermouth

On the eastern side of the country the rivers of the Yorkshire Dales, the Aire, the Ure, the Nidd and the Wharfe to name but four eventually flow into the Humber estuary. Further north there are of course the Tees, collecting water from the North Pennines, and the Tyne with its twin rivers South and North. On the west between the Mersey and the Solway Firth many rivers discharge into the Irish Sea, the Ribble, Wyre, Lune and Duddon outstanding among them; and further north the Solway Firth receives the beautiful Eden.

In the industrial areas there was for a long time serious river pollution but much of this has now been cleaned up. However, although the southern tributaries of the Ribble such as the Calder used to reek with the effluents of cotton towns such as Blackburn and Burnley, its major northern tributary the Hodder, running down from the Forest of Bowland, never knew industrial pollutants; indeed this in my opinion must rank as a prime candidate for the most beautiful river in England.

On this page is a collection of river-related posts on the Around-England blog. I hope it has much of interest for our river-loving readers.


Ravenstonedale – Twixt Eden and Lune

April 23, 2015

I’m still trying to get a decent photograph of the Howgills from the top of Ash Fell. Somehow the weather or the time of day (sun angle) always seems to defeat me. Anyway, here’s my latest and despite its inadequacies I’m using it here to illustrate “Twixt Eden and Lune”. The Eden and the Lune […]

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Wharfedale New Year

August 8, 2014

Although published here in August this item was mostly written back in January. As it was sitting here almost finished I decided to publish it now to revive the Around England site in spite of the long delay. Our New Year outing into Wharfedale actually started in Airedale. The previous day had been wet (an […]

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Hellgill Force near the source of the Eden

May 14, 2013

Today I did another of my photo-drive-walks, returning to Mallerstang for the second week in succession. Last week I did a circular walk between Nateby and Pendragon Castle, taking in Lammerside Castle, so today after a few shots of Pendragon Castle (over the wall; it’s now “closed to public access for building repairs”) I started […]

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Northern England – Land of Rivers and Castles

October 30, 2012

Last updated: The North of England is rich in scenic landscape, ranging from historic coastlines with fishing villages and castles to mountains, moors and lakes. Last week I was speaking at an event in Babes Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, the second city of Romania. Many people asked where in England I lived. On being told […]

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The River Eamont – Ullswater to Eden

August 17, 2012

The Eamont is one of Northwest England’s shorter rivers, rising among the Lake District mountains at Ullswater and flowing northeast to join the Eden, which then flows north and west into the Solway Firth and the Irish Sea. Ullswater looking southwest from Pooley Bridge From where it leaves Ullswater at Pooley Bridge (the photo above […]

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Barnard Castle and the Bowes Museum

February 7, 2012

Last weekend we paid an unscheduled visit to Barnard Castle. Our normal pattern when driving over the A66 between Cumbria and County Durham has been to fly past at 60 to 70 miles per hour on the way to or from somewhere or other. This time, however, a glance at the fuel gauge said quite […]

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River Eden near Appleby on a Wintry Afternoon

January 17, 2012

Three more shots of the beautiful Eden Valley. Before reaching the centre of the town the River Eden passes Bongate (the place where in ancient times the ‘bondsmen’ used to live), down below the cliff where Appleby Castle stands proud. Here is a cold January midday shot of the river, reduced in level from what […]

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The River Eden at Appleby This Afternoon

November 17, 2011

The sunshine attracted me away from the keyboard after lunch today. My target, with cameras, was the River Eden at Appleby (or, to give it its full name, Appleby-in-Westmorland). What the warplanes circling and thundering overhead were aiming at, in addition to making white trails in the almost cloudless sky, is anyone’s guess. Ignoring the […]

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Hellgill Force – The Upper Eden Valley

October 26, 2011

At the very top of the Eden Valley, close by where Cumbria borders with Yorkshire a stream flows down the hillside then suddenly plunges into the depths of a ravine. The stream is the infant Eden. The waterfall is Hellgill Force. Two weeks ago I strolled briefly around there, leaving the car by the county […]

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Yorkshire Dales Award for Far Moor Bridge

October 17, 2011

Congratulations to the Yorkshire Dales National Park for their new award for the Far Moor bridge. This innovative design and timber construction was developed with the help of the Forestry Commission and provides an important river crossing on the 200-mile Pennine Bridleway national trail currently being developed, and opening next year. Far Moor bridge in […]

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