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About the river

The River Ure


The Ure at Swinton

The Ure at Swinton


is approximately 119 km long from its source to the point where it changes name to the River Ouse. It is the principal river of Wensleydale, which is the only one of the Dales now named after a village rather than its river. The old name for the valley was Yoredale.

The source of the river is Ure Head on Abbotside Common where it flows to the valley floor and along Wensleydale as far as Wensley. From here it flows past Jervaulx Abbey and then through Masham to Hackfall Woods near Grewelthorpe, before continuing through Ripon and then to Boroughbridge. The Ure is joined by the River Swale at Myton-on-Swale. About 10 km downstream of this confluence, at Cuddy Shaw Reach near Linton-on-Ouse, the river changes its name to the River Ouse. The main tributaries of the Ure are Bishopdale Beck and the Rivers Bain, Cover, Burn, Skell and Laver.


The River Esk, North Yorkshire

Egton Estate on the river Esk

Egton Estate on the river Esk

Rises between Baysdale and Westerdale in an area known as Esklets (251 m above sea level). Its 28 mile (45 km) course sees it flow through the North York Moors National Park to its eventual meeting with the North Sea in Whitby.

Its catchment is comprised almost wholly within the North York Moors National Park encompassing wild heather moorland, deep verdant valleys and beautiful stone built villages.>Consequently, the environment and associated eco systems are of considerable importance and have been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The Yorkshire Esk is home to a variety of wildlife which live in and around the river, and rely on it to survive, including birds, mammals, invertebrates, fish and plant life.



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