UK Rivers part 2
Posted by Dan | Apr 18th, 2021 - 8:45pm
If you took on the first part of this quiz, aptly named UK Rivers, then you will already know what you are in for - I describe the course of the river, as well as any especially iconic features, and all you need to do is name the river! The first quiz had a common theme, did you spot it? Spoiler: those 10 rivers were the 10 longest in the United Kingdom, which arguably made it a bit of an easier quiz. With the longest options spent, we still have a handful of iconic rivers to pick from but these may test your geographical knowledge a little more than that last quiz.
The river with the tongue twister estuary - this river springs from the Trossachs, near Stirling. Its route mostly meanders from small settlement to small settlement before forming the colossal estuary it is arguably more famous for. The estuary itself is close to Falkirk and Dunfermline but would be most famous for moving past the nation's capital - Edinburgh.
The Anglo-Saxon boundary river to the north, this river begins at the confluence of the Tame and the Goyt in Stockport. From here, it cuts through the outer boroughs of Manchester before growing to a large estuary at Runcorn which is flanked by the likes of Ellesmere Port, Birkenhead and of course, Liverpool. This backbone of the local industry helped feed development in the area, and quite literally feeds the Manchester Ship Canal - a late 19th-century waterway connecting the then ever-growing Manchester to the Irish Sea. Whether walking Chorlton Water Park in Manchester, exploring Spike and Wigg Island in Widnes and Runcorn respectively or wandering the grounds at National Trust Speke Hall you are never too far away from this river.
Born from Acomb, Waters Meet, this river has an immediately recognisable name thanks to a city having the '-upon-blank' suffix. There are plenty of places to see this river make its fairy direct route to the North Sea, from the towns of Hexham, Prudhoe and Corbridge all the way up to the larger settlements of Gateshead, North and South Shields and, of course, Newcastle. Take a stroll at Sandhaven beach and watch the waters meet the sea, or the ferries arrive from the Netherlands.
Forming as a spiders-web of springs all draining North from the Black Mountains into the eponymous reservoir, the river then continues east - navigating its way around the Brecon Beacons. Bisecting towns like Sennybridge, Brecon and Crickhowell, this river passes through plenty of stunning countryside before finally leaving the Brecon Beacons at Abergavenny - continuing onwards through even more countryside, the river passes through the town that shares its name before meandering further south to its final stop: Newport. A common sighting for anyone adventuring around South Wales, you may have seen this river many a time on your travels, perhaps even fleetingly from the M4, but do you know its name?
Springing forth from Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake), this twisty river spends most of its time out in the countryside, or amongst the little hamlets, briefly tracing the A5 before forming the boundary between England and Wales (at least briefly). Once it breaks away from the border, this river doesn't spend too much time in England - it makes its way through the city of Chester before making a near-perfect beeline for the coast. Outside of the towns, this river can be enjoyed from, amongst other attractions, Pontcysyllte Aquaduct, Chester Castle and its estuary can be looked out over from Talacre Beach.
Long before carving its way through the nation's capital, this river emerges as a tiny stream on the slopes of Slieve Croob. Initially travelling west, this river spends the bulk of its journey out in the countryside, it briefly cuts through towns such as Dromara, Dromore and Donaghcloney where it turns north/north-east joining the more urban areas at Lisburn before it joins the sea in Belfast. If you are looking to explore the recreated desks and cabins of Titanic Belfast, walking the Botanic Gardens or enjoying the scenary at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, you are never too far from this watercourse.
This river probably has one of the coolest sounding sources of all: it rises at Black Fell Moss, Mallerstang on the high ground between High Seat and Hugh Seat. The river here forms the boundary between Cumbria and North Yorkshire. It makes its way north out of the Yorkshire Dales before taking a hard left to travel west through Carlisle before heading to the Solway Coast via the River Esk Channel. This river takes an exciting route to explore, not just because of its time in the Dales but you can also go see things like Carlisle Castle, Wetheral Priory and Caves, Kirkoswald Castle, Lacy's Caves, National Trust Acorn Bank and so much more, all within a stones-throw of the riverbank.
Rising in Mid Wales, just south of Newtown, this river quickly moves to form the (rough) boundary between England and Wales and also the south-western boundary of the Shropshire Hills. Along the southern border of the Shropshire Hills, near Bucknell, it breaks away from both the England/Wales border and the AONB to move inland to England where it meets with the market town of Ludlow before zig-zagging between south and east to make its connection with the River Severn just south of Worcester. If you are familiar with the wonders of the Shropshire Hills, or the beautiful views from Ludlow Castle, then this river will be one familiar to you!
From Cross Fell in the North Pennines, this river courses eastwards through a handful of smaller towns and a couple of larger places like Barnard Castle and then Darlington. Before long, the river carves a path between Middlesbrough and the town of Stockton, which is one of those towns I cannot tell you their full name of. The river then skirts around RSPB Saltholme and into another Nature Reserve before joining the North Sea not too far from Hartlepool - a great bit of green space to round out this river! If you aren't at the coast, you could always visit Egglestone Abbey and bridge, Cauldron Snout and of course both High and Low Force Waterfalls.
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