River Derwent, Derbyshire

River Derwent, Derbyshire

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:"For other rivers called Derwent, see River Derwent."

The Derwent is a river in the county of Derbyshire, England. It is 50 miles (80 km) long and is a tributary of the River Trent which it joins south of Derby.


It rises in the Peak District at Bleaklow just east of Glossop and flows through the Upper Derwent Valley with its three reservoirs, the Howden Reservoir, Derwent Reservoir and Ladybower Reservoir. It then passes through Bamford, Hathersage, Grindleford and Baslow, and through the Chatsworth Park estate, and it is joined by the River Wye. After passing through Darley Dale, the Derwent reaches Matlock, before flowing past Cromford and through the Crich Chase Nature Reserve. The River Derwent supplies Carsington Reservoir indirectly, with the water pumped from the river at Ambergate Pumping Station in times of high flow, and then released when flows are low via the same 6.5 mile (10.5km) of tunnels and aqueducts built by Severn Trent Water. This allows greater abstraction rates upstream in the drier summer months. [http://www.moretoexperience.co.uk/server.php?show=nav.6019] The river ends at Derwent Mouth, convert|1|mi|km|sing=on east of Shardlow, where it flows into the River Trent.


The river was used to power many cotton mills in the Derwent Valley Mills area around Matlock and Cromford.

It is the habitat for many different animals such as otters and fish.

It also provides the name for the oldest field hockey club in Derbyshire. Derwent Hockey Club, established in 1897, played its matches on the banks of the Derwent in Darley Dale, before locating to Wirksworth.

The name "Derwent" is CelticFact|date=May 2008 and means "a valley thick with oaks"Fact|date=May 2008.

Other tributaries

* Overdale Brook
* Dunge Brook
* High Brook
* Stoke Brook
* Rymas Brook

ee also

*List of rivers of England
*Rivers of the United Kingdom


External links

* [http://www.stwater.co.uk/server.php?show=nav.5606 Severn Trent Web Site]

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